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Paradigms of Reading

Relevance Theory and Deconstruction

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Ian MacKenzie
    Pages 16-28
  3. Ian MacKenzie
    Pages 62-83
  4. Ian MacKenzie
    Pages 84-106
  5. Ian MacKenzie
    Pages 107-130
  6. Ian MacKenzie
    Pages 131-151
  7. Ian MacKenzie
    Pages 176-195
  8. Ian MacKenzie
    Pages 196-198
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 199-237

About this book


Linguistic signs do not coincide with intended or interpreted meanings. For relevance theory, this theoretical commonplace merely demonstrates the inferential nature of language. For Paul de Man, on the contrary, it suggested that language is unstable, random, arbitrary, mechanical, ironic and inhuman. This book seeks to show that relevance theory is a more plausible account of communication, cognition and literary interpretation than the deconstructionist theory de Man elaborated from readings of Rousseau, Hegel and Nietzsche.


Friedrich Nietzsche Interpretation language rhetoric

About the authors

IAN MACKENZIE is an English language teacher, teacher trainer and coursebook writer and the author of numerous articles on linguistics and literary theory. He teaches at the Haute Ecole de Gestion, Lausanne.

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