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Textual meaning and its place in a theory of language

Jeffries, Lesley (2015) Textual meaning and its place in a theory of language. Topics in Linguistics, 15 (1). pp. 1-10. ISSN 1337-7590

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Following the development of a framework for critical stylistics (Jeffries 2010) and the explication of some of the theoretical assumptions behind this framework (Jeffries 2014a, 2014b, 2015a, 2015b), the present article attempts to put this framework into a larger theoretical context as a way to approach textual meaning. Using examples from the popular U.S. television show, The Big Bang Theory, I examine the evidence that there is a kind of textual meaning which can be distinguished from the core propositional meaning on the one hand and from contextual, interpersonal meaning on the other. The specific aim, to demonstrate a layer of meaning belonging to text specifically, is set within an argument which claims that progress in linguistics can better be served by adherence to a rigorous scientific discipline.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Schools: School of Music, Humanities and Media
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Depositing User: Lesley Jeffries
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2016 14:10
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 16:35


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