quarta-feira, 16 de fevereiro de 2011

Construindo o Significado

Diz a autora na Introdução:

At the source of this book lies an idea which is as old as my academic life. As a graduate in Philosophy, interested in both the conceptual background of human language and the linguistic framing of thought, I was reading Chomsky with Husserlian glasses when I came across the question of conflictual complex meanings. Beyond such artificial examples as Colorless green ideas sleep furiously, I immediately thought of the documents of conceptual creativity offered by real texts: The silver moonbeam pours her ray (Shelley), The green woods laugh with the voice of joy (Blake), And Winter pours its grief in snow (E. Brontë), Shadows – hold their breath (Dickinson). What irresistibly attracted me, however, was not so much the aesthetic appeal of conflicts as the occasion they offer to take apart the competing factors governing the connection of complex meanings, that is, formal syntactic constructions and shared, longlasting conceptual architectures. My first course in General Linguistics, held in Geneva in 1980, was about the construction of conceptual conflicts through linguistic forms. During my teaching on the shores of Lac Léman, I wrote Sémantique du contresens (1987), where conflictual meanings, discarded by both philosophers and linguists as pseudo-sentences, are systematically explored as “a privileged point of observation upon the inner framing of complex meanings”. This book takes a further step along the same path.

The Building Blocks Of Meaning
Michele Prandi
John Benjamins Publishing Co 2004 520 pages PDF 2.2 Mb