20.2865, Books: Ling Theories/Lang Acquisition: Baofu

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Subject: The Future of Post-Human Language: Baofu
 

	
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Subject: The Future of Post-Human Language: Baofu

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Title: The Future of Post-Human Language: A Preface to a New Theory of
Structure, Context, and Learning 
Publication Year: 2009 
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
	   http://www.c-s-p.org
	
Author: Peter Baofu

Hardback: ISBN: 1443813141 9781443813143 Pages: 411 Price: U.K. £ 49.99


Abstract:

To what extent is there really a universal structure, whether innate or
not, of language for learning? Or conversely, is language learning mainly
context-based? And, in the end, does the very nature of language delimit
our mental world - such that "the limits of my language mean the limits of
my world" or, in a different parlance, constitute "the prison house of
language"?

Contrary to the conventional wisdom held by many in history, all these
seemingly plausible views are highly misleading, to the extent that
something vital is missing in the conventional debate, such that the nature
of learning has yet to be more comprehensively and systematically understood.

This is not to say, however, that the literature in the study of language
(and other related fields) hitherto existing in history has been much ado
about nothing. In fact, much can be learned from different theoretical
approaches in the literature.

The virtue of this book is to provide an alternative (better) way to
understand the nature of learning, especially (though not exclusively) in
relation to language - which, while incorporating the different views in
the literature, transcends them all in the end, with the use of language
and also beyond it. 

This inquiry may sound academic, but it has enormous implications not just
for the narrow concern with the nature of language, but also, more
importantly, for the larger concern with the nature of thinking, feeling,
and doing in learning, both with the use of language and beyond it.

If true, this seminal work will fundamentally change the way that we think,
not only about the nature of language, in a small sense - but also about
the nature of learning, with the use of language and also beyond it, from
the combined perspectives of the mind, nature, society, and culture, for
the human future and what I originally called its "post-human" fate, in a
broad sense. 



Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition
                     Linguistic Theories


Written In: English  (eng)
	
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