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Semantics and the body [electronic resource] : meaning from Frege to the postmodern / Horst Ruthrof.

By: Ruthrof, Horst.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Toronto studies in semiotics: Publisher: Toronto [Ont.] : University of Toronto Press, c1997Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 321 p.).ISBN: 9781442679757 (electronic bk.); 1442679751 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Semantics | Nonverbal communication | S�emantique | Communication non-verbale | Betekenis | Menselijk lichaam | Semantische relaties | Poststructuralisme | Filosofische aspecten | Sprachphilosophie | Postmoderne | Semantik | LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / SemanticsGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Semantics and the body.DDC classification: 401/.43 Other classification: 08.25 | 08.34 | 17.59 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Introduction: The Missing Body in Semantics -- Towards a Corporeal Semantics -- Natural Language and Meaning as Definition -- The Semantics of Negation and Metaphor -- Meaning and Poststructuralism -- Semantics and the Postmodern -- Conclusion: The Corporeal Turn.
Review: "In traditional semantics, the human body tends to be ignored in the process of constructing meaning. Horst Ruthrof argues, by contrast, that the body is an integral part of this hermeneutic activity." "Ruthrof reviews and analyses various 'orthodox' theories of meaning, from the views of Gottlob Frege at the beginning of the twentieth century to those of theorists in the postmodern period, then offers an alternative approach of his own. His theory features 'corporeal semantics, ' and holds that meaning has ultimately to do with the body and that the meaning of linguistic expressions is indeterminate without the aid of visual, tactile, olfactory, and other bodily signs. This approach also remedies what Ruthrof sees as a loss of interpretive will in the postmodern era." "Those involved in discourse analysis, literature, art criticism, film theory, pedagogy, and philosophy will find the implications of Ruthrof's study considerable."--Jacket.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

"In traditional semantics, the human body tends to be ignored in the process of constructing meaning. Horst Ruthrof argues, by contrast, that the body is an integral part of this hermeneutic activity." "Ruthrof reviews and analyses various 'orthodox' theories of meaning, from the views of Gottlob Frege at the beginning of the twentieth century to those of theorists in the postmodern period, then offers an alternative approach of his own. His theory features 'corporeal semantics, ' and holds that meaning has ultimately to do with the body and that the meaning of linguistic expressions is indeterminate without the aid of visual, tactile, olfactory, and other bodily signs. This approach also remedies what Ruthrof sees as a loss of interpretive will in the postmodern era." "Those involved in discourse analysis, literature, art criticism, film theory, pedagogy, and philosophy will find the implications of Ruthrof's study considerable."--Jacket.

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Introduction: The Missing Body in Semantics -- 1. Towards a Corporeal Semantics -- 2. Natural Language and Meaning as Definition -- 3. The Semantics of Negation and Metaphor -- 4. Meaning and Poststructuralism -- 5. Semantics and the Postmodern -- Conclusion: The Corporeal Turn.

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