Marxism and the Philosophy of Language

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Harvard University Press, 1986 - Dialectical materialism - 205 pages

V. N. Volosinov's important work, first published in Russian in 1929, had to wait a generation for recognition. This first paperback edition of the English translation will be capital for literary theorists, philosophers, linguists, psychologists, and many others.

Volosinov is out to undo the old disciplinary boundaries between linguistics, rhetoric, and poetics in order to construct a new kind of field: semiotics or textual theory. Ladislav Matejka and I. R. Titunik have provided a new preface to discuss Volosinov in relation to the great resurgence of interest in all the writing of the circle of Mikhail Bakhtin.

 

Contents

The Study of Ideologies and Philosophy
9
Concerning the Relation of the Basis
17
Philosophy of Language
25
Two Trends of Thought in Philosophy
45
vi
49
Language Speech and Utterance
65
Verbal Interaction
83
Theme and Meaning in Language
99
TOWARD A HISTORY OF FORMS OF UTTERANCE
107
Exposition of the Problem of Reported
115
Indirect Discourse Direct Discourse
125
QuasiDirect Discourse in French German
141
On the First Russian Prolegomena to Semiotics
161
The Formal Method and the Sociological Method
175
Index
201
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