Social constructionism and linguistic practices

Svet­lana V. Shibarshi­na
Lobachevsky State Uni­ver­si­ty of Nizh­ni Nov­gorod

Social con­struc­tion­ism and lin­guis­tic prac­tices

Abstract. This paper dis­cuss­es some issues touched upon by Ele­na O. Tru­fano­va in her research on the prob­lem of sub­ject and the sta­tus of knowl­edge in the social con­struc­tion­ism. I focus on the views of Rom Har­ré and Peter Mühlhäusler who describe the “inner Self” as a lin­guis­tic con­struc­tion and, on the whole, oppose the stand­point of lin­guis­tic uni­ver­sal­ism. In this respect, I also con­sid­er the Sapir-Whorf hypoth­e­sis assum­ing that address­ing the prob­lem of “the Self” in its lin­guis­tic dimen­sion depends to a large extent on the devel­op­ment of inter­dis­ci­pli­nary cog­ni­tive stud­ies..  

Key­words: social con­struc­tion­ism, Har­ré, per­son­al­i­ty, the Self, gram­mar, pro­noun.



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