Title
Humanities and the public sphere : a pragmatic perspective Humanities and the public sphere : a pragmatic perspective
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. Linguistics and Literature
Publication type
article
Publication
Amsterdam :John Benjamins ,
Subject
Linguistics
Source (journal)
Pragmatics and society. - Amsterdam, 2010, currens
Volume/pages
7(2016) :1 , p. 141-161
ISSN
1878-9714
ISI
000376440700007
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
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Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
This article starts from the observation of current changes in the nature of a globalizing public sphere for which older structural boundaries have lost much of their relevance. Though the public sphere has traditionally been a topic for social scientists (and philosophers), a redefinition in terms of the realm of publicly accessible meaning, and of struggles over socially and politically important meaning, necessitates a contribution from the humanities. In particular, linguistic pragmatics, providing tools for an analysis of the way in which explicit and implicit forms of meaning interact in the process of generating meanings, is argued to be a useful instrument. The argument is supported with an analysis of the differences in meaning landscapes that emerge even in different-language versions of the 'same' text, illustrating how dependent publicly available meaning is on basic pragmatic processes. The article concludes that a maturing science of language use is therefore needed to understand variations in the accounts of social and political reality that people in a globalizing public sphere live by.
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