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On the Razor’s Edge: Languaging, Autopoiesis, and Growing Old
A. L. Becker format: audio
length: 1:04:52
Date Added: 02/19/1999

Abstract

A. L. Becker’s “modern philology” is an approach to discourse rooted in multifaceted explorations of particular texts: a line from Emerson, a Southeast Asian proverb, a Javanese shadow play. He explains “autopoiesis” this way: “One of the tenets of the gaggle of ideas calle ‘autopoiesis’ is that languaging is orientational, mostly. A says something to B -- and no ‘message’ is ‘transmitted’ -- rather what A says orients B (and him/herself, of course). But the orientation of A is not the orientation of B, except to the extent they have the same reactions to prior texts (lingual memories).”

About the Author

A. L. Becker is Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at the University of Michigan. He was co-author, with Richard Young and Kenneth

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