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Book: The Language Dynamic

Chapter: The Language Dynamic: Recursive Processes from Morpheme to Ideology

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44586


In Chapter 1 we set out our general position with respect to three enduring points of contention in linguistic theory: embodiment, autonomy and the primacy of form or function. This discussion provides an essential backdrop to our theorising of language dynamics and the place within this of the core processes and properties we discuss in detail in the remainder of the book. These are the processes of distinction, articulation and prospection, and the attendant properties of these processes are systematicity, redundancy, stratality, metaredundancy, criteriality and serviceable noise. We finish Chapter 1 with a preview of the remaining chapters of the book.

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