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Author McElvenny, James, author

Title Language and meaning in the age of modernism : C.K. Ogden and his contemporaries / James McElvenny
Published Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2018]
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Description 1 online resource (188 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Contents Machine generated contents note: 1. Introduction -- 2. Meaning of Meaning -- I. many functions of language -- II. Definition and the canons of symbolism -- III. Logical atomism and its allies -- IV. trigonometry of reference -- V. Signifies and sympathisers -- VI. Antagonism and synthesis -- VII. Philologists, psychologists and anthropologists -- 3. Basic English -- I. Enlightenment and modernity -- II. Peace and progress -- III. common solution -- IV. Basic English and the common solution -- V. Panoptic conjugation -- VI. Grammatical reform -- VII. Bentham and beyond -- VIII. Totalitarianism and Newspeak -- 4. Ogden and the Vienna Circle -- I. Viennese scene -- II. everyday versus metaphysics -- III. International picture language -- IV. Contact and collaboration -- V. Totalitarianism revisited -- 5. Epilogue -- I. Linguistics -- II. Natural Semantic Metalanguage
Summary James McElvenny explores the influential currents in the philosophy of language and linguistics of the first half of the 20th century, from the perspective of the English scholar C.K. Ogden (1889-1957). Ogden was connected to several of the most significant figures of the modernist period, including Bertrand Russell, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Victoria Lady Welby, Otto Neurath and Rudolf Carnap. In investigating these connections, McElvenny reveals links between early analytic philosophy, semiotics and linguistics in a crucial period of their respective histories and in turn sheds light on the intellectual history of the early 20th century
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 164-185) and index
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Subject Ogden, C. K. (Charles Kay), 1889-1957.
Language and languages -- Philosophy -- History -- 20th century.
Linguistics -- History -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1474425046 (electronic bk.)
9781474425049 (electronic bk.)