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ENGL6114: Language and Subject

This course explores twentieth century attempts to understand the relation of language and linguistic meaning to the individual subject. We will consider two traditions: a 'naturalistic' approach centred around Chomsky's 'generative enterprise', and the phenomenological/hermeneutic tradition in Merleau-Ponty and Gadamer. Students will familiarize themselves with various putatively scientific attempts to understand the place of language in the world and will explore some general features of the relation between meaning and experience. No prior acquaintance with these fields is assumed.

Code ENGL6114
Academic unit
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate familiarity with theoretical approaches to linguistic interpretation from a variety of twentieth century intellectual traditions
  • LO2. demonstrate confidence in open and unstructured discussion on these questions
  • LO3. demonstrate confidence in challenging the premises of instrumental reason as the apply to language and textuality.

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