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|The Idea of a Text and the Nature of Textual Meaning|
Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2017
In his account of text and textual meaning, Pettersson demonstrates in
this volume that a text as commonly conceived is not only a verbal
structure but also a physical entity, two kinds of phenomena which do
not in fact add up to a unitary object. He describes this current notion
of text as convenient enough for many practical purposes, but
inadequate in discussions of a theoretically more demanding nature.
Having clearly demonstrated its intellectual drawbacks, he develops an
alternative, boldly revisionary way of thinking about text and textual
meaning. His careful argument is in challenging dialogue with
assumptions about language-in-use to be found in a wide range of
present-day literary theory, linguistics, philosophical aesthetics, and
philosophy of language.
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