structural linguistics


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structural linguistics

n. (used with a sing. verb)
A method of synchronic linguistic analysis employing structuralism, especially in demonstrating contrasts between formal structures, such as different phonemes or sentence structures, that make up systems, such as phonology or syntax.

structural linguistics

n
(Linguistics) (functioning as singular) a descriptive approach to a synchronic or diachronic analysis of language on the basis of its structure as reflected by irreducible units of phonological, morphological, and semantic features

struc′tural linguis′tics


n.
a usu. synchronic approach to language study in which a language is analyzed as a network of formal systems, each composed of elements defined in terms of their contrasts with other elements in the system.
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Noun1.structural linguistics - linguistics defined as the analysis of formal structures in a text or discourse
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He received a PhD in Structural Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1961.
Noting Jacques Lacan's (1901-81) famous motto of a "return to Freud," Tomsic argues that in the late 1960s, the French psychiatrist initiated a second return to Freud, in which the reference to structural linguistics (particularly Saussure and Jakobson) was supplemented with Marx's critique of political economy.
Structural linguistics had entailed the isolation of the study of language from its relationships with mind and world through the classical distinction made by Saussure between langue and parole.
The Poststructuralist Feminist criticism borrowing largely from structural linguistics as propounded by the likes of M.
As implied in the phrase "visual language," Atac employs a method of visual analysis inspired by linguistics--specifically, the tradition of structural linguistics initiated in 1916 by Ferdinand de Saussure's Cours de linguistique generale.
He argues that Derrida, following Levi-Strauss and Foucault, insists "that we can and must undermine all philosophical systems, with the help of structural linguistics.
Mythologies might be a distinct branch of knowledge, like poetics, rhetorics, physics open for technical analysis, one such methodology being provided by Levi-Strauss on the model of structural linguistics.
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I think you're being subtly insulting," he suggests after Philip turns his fascination with structural linguistics to Braham's choice of words.
Psychoanalytic theories, Marxism, structural linguistics and other alleged or actual sciences have also been used to make scientific claims for literary study.

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