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ERIC Number: ED058203
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 250
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Speaking and Language: Defence of Poetry.
Goodman, Paul
In this book, an attempt is made to describe how people actually speak and the language that is actually spoken. The subject of modern linguistics is presented in a new light. Good language is defined as a tension between the code and what needs to be said and a tension between the expressivity of the speaker and the comprehension of the hearer. Thus, language is not a means of communication between speaker and hearer; it is their communication. The book draws heavily on the author's years as a psychotherapist, distinguishing examples of vital speech and neurotic speech, and developing Kurt Goldstein's theory of aphasia. Good speech is both deeply conservative and continually agitational. The book returns to the tradition of philology by often using literature, and the analysis of styles, to reveal the nature of language. (Editor/CK)
Random House, Inc., 201 East 50th Street, New York, New York 10022 ($6.95)
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