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Tradition and Innovation in Language and Linguistics

A Coserian Perspective

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Cristinel Munteanu

This volume consists of twelve studies thematically grouped into three parts: (1) Linguistics and Philosophy of Language, (2) Hermeneutics and Text Linguistics, and (3) Lexicology and Phraseology. The phrase «tradition and innovation» characterizes almost all the texts included here, since tradition and innovation are present both at the level of the object (language) and at the level of its research (linguistics). The dominant theoretical perspective is the «Coserian» one, since the author borrowed from Eugenio Coseriu’s linguistic theory a series of essential concepts and distinctions regarding language and culture.

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This volume consists of twelve studies and articles which, in their initial form, were published, during the last decade, in different academic journals or in conference proceedings1. When including them in this book, I operated various more or less substantial changes (by means of addition, supression, or even reorganization), with a view to either updating their content, avoiding repetitions, or creating a unitary and coherent character to the whole collection.

The dominant theoretical perspective is the “Coserian” one, since I borrowed from Eugenio Coseriu’s linguistic theory a series of essential concepts and distinctions regarding language and culture, while trying to apply non-dogmatically, in my research, some of his excellent ideas. The terms language and linguistics from the title are comprehensive enough. Given (in this case) the limits of the English language, mention must be made that by language I mainly understand what the Fr. term langage (or Sp. lenguaje) signifies, while by linguistics I mean the study of language in general (as langage), even if sometimes I undoubtedly refer to language in the sense of the Fr. langue or of the Sp. lengua, and even in the sense of the historical language (cf. Sp. idioma). Were I more rigorous, I would add in the title, besides linguistics, the terms language theory and philosophy of language.

The texts have been thematically grouped in three parts: (1) Linguistics and Philosophy of Language, (2) Hermeneutics and Text Linguistics, and (3) Lexicology and Phraseology. However, apart from this...

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