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Reinventing structuralism

What sign relations reveal about consciousness

Rodney Sangster


This monograph argues that the structuralist movement in linguistics was curtailed prematurely, before its contribution to cognitive science could be fully realized. Building upon Roman Jakobson's pioneering work on the nature of the linguistic sign, a new and detailed appreciation of the role of sign relations in the ultimate structuring of consciousness is presented, proving that the structural approach has as much to contribute today as any current cognitive theory. This study takes the view that the structure which linguistic signs themselves evince should be treated as an organic property of mind in its own right, as the device by which the ultimate differences in meaning in the human cognitive sphere are realized. Adherence to this principle assumes not only that the linguistic sign must be fundamentally monosemic, but also that the level of abstraction at which the relations between signs function must lie beyond the logical or rational level where polysemy is the rule.

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Publication details

Publisher: de Gruyter

Ort: Berlin

Year: 2013

Seiten: 217, xii

Series: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs

Series volume: 264

ISBN (hardback): 9783110304978


Sangster Rodney (2013) Reinventing structuralism: What sign relations reveal about consciousness. Berlin, de Gruyter.