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Language in the Mind: An Introduction to Guillaume's Theory

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The work of Gustave Guillaume (1883-1960) has had an important influence on French linguistics. But his theory of psychomechanics, which views language as systematic and semiotic, is not well known in the English-speaking world. Language in the Mind is the first detailed study of Guillaumian linguistics in English. Guillaume sees the word as the link between language as potential and as actual discourse. Meaning is both the representation of the speaker's momentary experience and the determining factor in the the word's use in discourse. Walter Hirtle illustrates Guillaume's general principles with examples drawn from contemporary English grammar and uses comparisons with other approaches, especially cognitive linguistics, to situate Guillaumes distinctive view of language as essentially a mental phenomenon.Hirtle is the former director of the Fonds Gustave Guillaume, an archive of 60,000 manuscript pages of the theorist's work, which is housed at Laval University, the principal centre for the study of psychomechanics.

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Walter Hirtle is professeur associé, Laval University, and the author of several books, including Number and Inner Space.

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ISBN:
9780773532632
Author:
Hirtle, Walter
Publisher:
McGill-Queen's University Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Psychology & Psychiatry
Subject:
Grammar
Subject:
English language
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Language and languages -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Psychology : General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20070831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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