ISBN 9789780293765
Pages 188
Dimensions 216 x 140 mm
Published 2002
Publisher Spectrum Books, Nigeria
Format Paperback

Beyond Generative Grammar

A Course in Performance Linguistics and Literature Studies, 1820-1970

by M.K.C. Uwajeh

At the beginning of the twentieth century, Ferdinand de Saussure's book, A Course in General Linguistics, radically changed the development of linguistics, transforming it into a self-contained, acceptable science in its own right. Now at the beginning of the twenty-first century, the author of this book intends to update Saussure. He presents his ideas about the shape of linguistics, highlighting key aspects of language as a social phenomenon. The book takes issue with the generative grammar school, in favour of a 'Performativist' position: a pragmatic understanding or characterisation of language as it is performed.

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