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Sign, Meaning, Knowledge

Kravchenko, Alexander

Sign, Meaning, Knowledge

An Essay in the Cognitive Philosophy of Language

Year of Publication: 2003

Frankfurt/M., Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2003. 251 pp., 7 fig.
ISBN 978-3-631-50209-9 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.340 kg, 0.750 lbs

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Book synopsis

How well does linguistics ‘know’ language? What are the essential properties of language? Where do signs come from, and how is knowledge ‘represented’ in them? These and other related questions are in the focus of discussion in «Sign, Meaning, Knowledge». The book offers a conceptual synthesis of the vast theoretical and empirical data accumulated by the cognitive science. As a result of such synthesis, a unified methodology for treating language as a natural phenomenon is proposed. Taking the semiotic nature of language as a starting point, and drawing on the epistemological framework of autopoiesis as the organization of the living, the author attempts to describe the knowledge-representational function of language as the function of a biological system in its adaptive interactions with the environment. This takes linguistics a step further toward its integration with biology and other natural sciences.


Contents: The Circle of Knowledge – Semiotics and Its Object – Semiosis as a Cognitive Process – Essential Properties of Language – Cognitive Conception of the Sign.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Author: Alexander Kravchenko holds degrees in English Linguistics (St. Petersburg State University) and in General Linguistics (Institute of Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences). Currently, he is Chair of the English Department at the Language Center of the Baikal National University of Economics and Law in the City of Irkutsk, Russia. His research interests are in the area of cognitive philosophy of language, cognitive grammar, pragmatics and semantics, and applied cognitive linguistics (EFL/TESOL).