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Deadline for Submission: 20 May 2018
Date of Conference: 18 October 2018
Organizer: Department of English Language and Literature
Sponsor: UMZ Research Office | Khat-e-Sefid
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The Impacts of Schools of Linguistics from Traditional to Functionalism on the Meaning of "Meaning"
Date of Conference:
18 October 2018
Conference Venue:
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Registration Deadline:
17 September 2018
Workshop Leader(s):
Zeinolabedin Rahmani
30 People
Participation Fee:
200000 Rials
1. Origins of Meaning
2. Difference Between Structuralism of Chomsky, Saussure and Others
3. Contextualization and Decontextualization
4. Semantics in Structuralism and Functionalism
5. Source of Meaning in Mentalism and Empiricism
6. Difference Between Pragmatics and Discourse
There are different philosophies of linguistics from traditional grammarian to structuralism, generativism, innativism and finally to functionalism. Every one of these has its own different definition towards what the meaning of language is, and where this meaning exists, either in people's minds as mentalism or in the outside world empiricism. Some regards and some disregard sounds, meaning, contextualization and universalism when responding what they mean by language, for example in ancient Rome, language is limited to grammar, studying of the structure and formation of words and sentences, without much reference to sound and meaning.
Contextualization in Chomsky's structuralism, isn't regarded, and is limited to the descriptive meaning of a proposition while leaving expressive and social meanings, together known as utterance meanings behind, while supporting universality of language in comparison to diversity of language structure as seen in post-Bloomfiealdian and functionalism. On the other hand, functionalism as a particular movement within structuralism regards contextualization, relativism and diversity of language structures, and believes that all phonological, grammatical and semantic meanings of language is determined by the functions within the societies in which they operate.
To sum up, the contrastive philosophies of functionalism and structuralism besides the philosophies of mentalism and empiricism are discussed and distinguished in this work shop and some important questions are negotiated and answered.
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