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Coping with an Idea of Ecological Grammar


Elzbieta Wasik

This book summarizes scholarly achievements of the author by confronting two descriptive models of linguistic research. Against the background of a language-centered view dealing with its external conditionings in the life of nations and nationalities the author puts forward a human-centered conception of grammar which focuses on the ecosystem of communicating individuals who aggregate into interpersonal and intersubjective groupings for the realization of common tasks. Such a grammar manifests itself in linguistic-communicational properties of people through changeable practices of meaning-creation and stabilizing patterns of meaning-interpretation: firstly, when they create observable relationships while transmitting and receiving the meaning-bearers, and, secondly, when they contribute to the formation of assumable associations while coding and decoding the meanings to the approximately similar extent.
Contents: Language and man in the history of linguistic thought – An inquiry into the functional view of language as a tool of communication or a property of task-realizing communities – The linguistic properties of communicating individuals and their role in the construction of an intersubjective world of meanings – On the ecosemiotic existence mode of language in local and global linkage aggregations – Sociological aspects of linguistic pragmatics in the light of hard-sciences – In favor of the notion of grammar as a network of interpersonal and intersubjective linkages – Applying an ecological model of language to the external characteristics of Frisian – Exposing the markers of Frisian ethnicity through a semiotic perspective – Presenting West Frisians as an aggregation of ecological linkages.