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Harris, Roy 1931-

Works: 117 works in 898 publications in 5 languages and 21,341 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings  Terminology 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Other, Honoree, Author of introduction, ed, Annotator
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Most widely held works by Roy Harris
The Western tradition from Socrates to Saussure by Roy Harris( )

85 editions published between 1989 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,492 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

By introducing the reader to the main issues and themes that have determined the development of the Western linguistic tradition, an evolution of linguistic thought quickly becomes apparent
Rethinking writing by Roy Harris( )

43 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and Korean and held by 1,984 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The traditional Western view of writing, from Aristotle down to the present day, has treated the written word as a visual substitute for the spoken word. The eminent Swiss linguist Ferdinand de Saussure (1857-1913) was the first to provide this traditional assumption with a reasoned basis by incorporating it into a more general theory of signs. In the wake of Saussure's work, modern linguistics has ignored or marginalized writing in favour of the study of speech." "As in all literate societies, however, speech in turn is interpreted by reference to the culturally dominant writing system writing system. This puts in place a system of educational values which ensures that the more literate members of society maintain superiority over the less literate, and at the same time establishes a hierarchy among literate societies which favours the local product (alphabetic scripts in the Western Case)." "Roy Harris shows that the theory of writing adopted in modern linguistics is deeply flawed. Reversing the orthodox priorities, the author argues that writing is a far more powerful mode of linguistic communication than speech ever could be. His book is a major contribution to current debates about human communication written and spoken."--Jacket
The necessity of artspeak : the language of the arts in the western tradition by Roy Harris( )

18 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,713 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Are contemporary art theorists and critics speaking a language that has lost its meaning? Is it still based on concepts and values that are long out of date? Does anyone know what the function of the arts is in modern society?Roy Harris breaks new ground with his linguistic approach to the key issues. He situates those issues within the long-running debate about the arts and their place in society which goes back to the Classical period in ancient Greece. Contributors to the debate included some of the most celebrated artists and philosophers of their day--Plato, Aristotle, Leonardo, Kant, Heg
The semantics of science by Roy Harris( )

17 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 1,400 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Asian voices in English by Mimi Chan( )

5 editions published in 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two kinds of writing experience are focused upon: one is the experience of post-colonial writers, who are re-appropriating the English language for their own cultural purposes. The other is the experience of immigrant writers, who bring an Asian view to bear on the culture of the English-speaking countries in which they live
Definition in theory and practice : language, lexicography and the law by Roy Harris( )

14 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 1,188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The problem of definition has a long history and has engaged the minds of some of the most eminent thinkers in the Western tradition, from Plato and Aristotle onwards. But it is also an everyday problem constantly confronting all who have to draft or interpret the countless texts on which modern society depends. Definition in Theory and Practice focuses on two areas where difficulties arise in a particularly acute form: lexicography and the law. Examining a wide range of approaches and definitional techniques, backed up by detailed analyses of dictionary entries and court cases, the authors pr
Saussure and his interpreters by Roy Harris( Book )

28 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in English and held by 702 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In an important supplement to the new edition, account is taken of recently foiund notes in Saussure's hand. The discovery re-opens the whole questions of the extent to which the Cours de linguistique generale, posthumously published in 1916, accurately reflects the stage that Saussure's thinking about language and communication had reached by the time of his death. It suggests a new interpretation of Saussure that differs significantly from any of those previously advanced."--BOOK JACKET
The origin of writing by Roy Harris( Book )

27 editions published between 1985 and 2002 in English and Italian and held by 599 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The language-makers by Roy Harris( Book )

19 editions published between 1980 and 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 591 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Language, Saussure, and Wittgenstein : how to play games with words by Roy Harris( Book )

37 editions published between 1988 and 2016 in English and held by 586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Saussure as a linguist and Wittgenstein as a philosopher of language are arguably the two most important figures in the development of twentieth-century linguistic thought. This book points out what their ideas have in common, in spite of emanating from different intellectual sources, this study breaks new ground. It also raises challenging questions about the radical break which the work of Saussure and Wittgenstein provoked with traditional assumptions about the role of language in human affairs. It is a book which will be of interest to linguists, philosophers, historians, social anthropologists and students of literature
The language myth by Roy Harris( Book )

15 editions published between 1081 and 1981 in English and held by 552 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reading Saussure : a critical commentary on the Cours de linguistique générale by Roy Harris( Book )

28 editions published between 1986 and 1991 in English and held by 540 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The language machine by Roy Harris( Book )

13 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 521 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Synonymy and linguistic analysis by Roy Harris( Book )

26 editions published between 1970 and 1973 in English and held by 508 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Approaches to language by Roy Harris( Book )

14 editions published between 1983 and 1994 in 3 languages and held by 410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Signs of writing by Roy Harris( Book )

18 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Signs, language, and communication : integrational and segregational approaches by Roy Harris( Book )

12 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Developmental mechanisms of language( Book )

13 editions published between 1984 and 1995 in English and held by 320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Linguistics and philosophy : the controversial interface by Rom Harré( Book )

15 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As hopes that generative linguistics might solve philosophical problems about the mind give way to disillusionment, old problems concerning the relationship between linguistics and philosophy survive unresolved. This collection surveys the historical engagement between the two, and opens up avenues for further reflection. In Part 1 two contrasting views are presented of the interface nowadays called 'philosophy of linguistics'. Part 2 gives a detailed historical survey of the engagement of analytic philosophy with linguistic problems during the present century, and sees the imposition by philosophers of an 'exploratory' model of thinking as a major challenge to the discipline of linguistics. Part 3 poses the problem of whether linguistics is dedicated to describing independently existing linguistic structures or to imposing its own structures on linguistic phenomena. In Part 4 Harris points out some similarities in the way an eminent linguist and an eminent philosopher invoke the analogy between languages and games; while Taylor analyses the rationale of our metalinguistic claims and their relationship to linguistic theorizing. Providing a wide range of views and ideas this book will be of interest to all those interested and involved in the interface of philosophy and linguistics
The foundations of linguistic theory : selected writings of Roy Harris by Roy Harris( Book )

16 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in English and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The Western tradition from Socrates to Saussure
Rethinking writingThe necessity of artspeak : the language of the arts in the western traditionThe semantics of scienceAsian voices in EnglishDefinition in theory and practice : language, lexicography and the lawSaussure and his interpretersThe origin of writingLanguage, Saussure, and Wittgenstein : how to play games with words
Alternative Names
Hārīs, Rūy 1931-2015

Harris, R.

Roy Harris British linguist

Roy Harris Brits taalkundige (1931-2015)

해리스, 로이 1931-

ハリス, ロイ

English (456)

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Korean (2)

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