language and mind

July 9, 2011

The convergence and the twain

Filed under: language, language autonomy, language use — teresapelka @ 6:35 am

Thomas Hardy and then Simon Armitage wrote their ‘Convergences of the Twain’ to address loss. Hardy wrote about the sinking of the Titanic, Armitage about the 9/11. Both are reported not too empathetic — I do not intend to analyze them. The deuce here is about the notion of convergence.

Within the sociologic perspective, we may refer to a symbolic convergence theory – Rene Girard would call it the scapegoat syndrome. Psychology would have convergence belong with the so-called ‘crowd psychology’. Some linguistic trends will have convergence for influences among languages, see a project by the University of Manchester.

Psycholinguistics will have convergence for a natural process in which language syntax, semantics, and sound come together. The perspective is individual, that is.


To be continued.

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