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ERIC Number: ED085799
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-May
Pages: 21
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Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Language and General Semantics.
Lapointe, Francois H.
A survey of Maurice Merleau-Ponty's views on the phenomenology of language yields insight into the basic semiotic nature of language. Merleau-ponty's conceptions stand in opposition to Saussure's linguistic postulations and Korzybski's scientism. That is, if language is studied phenomenologically, the acts of speech and gesture take on greater importance than language as currently viewed in structural linguistics and general semantics. Merleau-Ponty stressed the "meaning" or "signification" aspects of language and postulated a theory of linguistic signs which suggests that "language is gesture." This approach allows the expressive qualities of the communicational act to become apparent, since it considers both nonverbal and verbal communication. Thus, the existential phenomenology of Merleau-Ponty has much to contribute to the study of language. (CH)
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