Volume 6, Issue 1, March 2020, Page: 1-5
On the Subjectivity and Intersubjectivity of Language
Li Feng, School of Foreign Languages, Shanxi University, Taiyuan, China
Received: Dec. 20, 2019;       Accepted: Jan. 2, 2020;       Published: Jan. 9, 2020
DOI: 10.11648/j.cls.20200601.11      View  337      Downloads  131
When uttering a sentence, the speaker not only objectively expresses the propositional content of the sentence, but also conveys his views, feelings and attitudes toward the sentence. The speaker’s imprint is inherent in language. However, due to the dominance of structural linguistics and formal linguistics for a long time, “the speaker’s factor” in language has not been given due attention. With the advent of “linguistic turn” in the 20th century, language has become one of the objects of philosophical research and the significance of “the speaker’s factor” in language has attracted a host of scholars from philosophy, ethics, psychology, linguistics and many other disciplines. This paper firstly explores the mostly-acknowledged definition of subjectivity of language put forward by pioneering linguists, then discusses different approaches to the subjectivity of language from pragmatics, Relevance Theory, cognitive linguistics and Systemic Functional Grammar. Based on the previous research, the paper further explicates the speaker’s subjectivity from three aspects, viz. the speaker’s perspective, the speaker’s affect, and the speaker’s epistemic status. Lastly, the paper probes into the definition and development of intersubjectivity of language and points out that “the speaker’s factor” in language has been and will definitely be a vital topic in the future linguistic research.
Subjectivity, Speaker’s Perspective, Speaker’s Affect, Speaker’s Epistemic Status, Intersubjectivity
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Li Feng, On the Subjectivity and Intersubjectivity of Language, Communication and Linguistics Studies. Vol. 6, No. 1, 2020, pp. 1-5. doi: 10.11648/j.cls.20200601.11
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