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Article: Is a general non-ethnocentric theory of human communication possible? An integrationist approach

TitleIs a general non-ethnocentric theory of human communication possible? An integrationist approach
Authors
KeywordsEthnocentrism
Integrational semiology
Natural Semantic Metalanguage
Communication theory
Post- and anti-humanism
Issue Date2019
PublisherElsevier BV. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/lingua
Citation
Lingua, 2019, v. 230, p. article no. 102735 How to Cite?
AbstractThe present paper takes a supportive stance towards humanism, anthropocentrism and universalism. It does so through the lens of a theoretical approach known as integrationism (or integrational linguistics), as outlined in the work of Oxford linguist Roy Harris (Harris, 1996). Given the rise in research critiquing the ethnocentric nature of communication and linguistic theory, this paper examines the validity of the cultural bias argument as recently presented in posthumanist applied linguistics (Pennycook, 2018), anti-humanist semiotics (Cobley, 2016) and the linguistic school known as Natural Semantic Metalanguage (Wierzbicka, 2010, Goddard, 2011) by taking a distinctly semiological vantage point. The paper argues that Roy Harris’ integrationism allows for a theory of human communication that is general without being ethnocentrically biased because grounded in a semiology of personal experience rather than one characterised by scientific abstraction. The explanatory power of such an experienced-based theory turns out to be of a very different range and kind when compared to mainstream semiological and semiotic theories.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/278545
ISSN
2017 Impact Factor: 0.864
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.768

 

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dc.date.accessioned2019-10-21T02:09:30Z-
dc.date.available2019-10-21T02:09:30Z-
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dc.identifier.citationLingua, 2019, v. 230, p. article no. 102735-
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dc.description.abstractThe present paper takes a supportive stance towards humanism, anthropocentrism and universalism. It does so through the lens of a theoretical approach known as integrationism (or integrational linguistics), as outlined in the work of Oxford linguist Roy Harris (Harris, 1996). Given the rise in research critiquing the ethnocentric nature of communication and linguistic theory, this paper examines the validity of the cultural bias argument as recently presented in posthumanist applied linguistics (Pennycook, 2018), anti-humanist semiotics (Cobley, 2016) and the linguistic school known as Natural Semantic Metalanguage (Wierzbicka, 2010, Goddard, 2011) by taking a distinctly semiological vantage point. The paper argues that Roy Harris’ integrationism allows for a theory of human communication that is general without being ethnocentrically biased because grounded in a semiology of personal experience rather than one characterised by scientific abstraction. The explanatory power of such an experienced-based theory turns out to be of a very different range and kind when compared to mainstream semiological and semiotic theories.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherElsevier BV. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/lingua-
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dc.subjectEthnocentrism-
dc.subjectIntegrational semiology-
dc.subjectNatural Semantic Metalanguage-
dc.subjectCommunication theory-
dc.subjectPost- and anti-humanism-
dc.titleIs a general non-ethnocentric theory of human communication possible? An integrationist approach-
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