The purpose of this book is to give a precise meaning to the
formula: English is the language of imperialism. Understanding that
statement involves a critique of the dominant views of language,
both in the field of linguistics (the book has a chapter
criticising Chomsky's research programme) and of the philosophy of
language (the book has a chapter assessing Habermas's philosophy of
communicative action). ?The book aims at constructing a Marxist
philosophy of language, embodying a view of language as a social,
historical, material and political phenomenon. Since there has
never been a strong tradition of thinking about language in
Marxism, the book provides an overview of the question of Marxism
in language (from Stalin's pamphlet to Voloshinov's book, taking in
an essay by Pasolini), and it seeks to construct a number of
concepts for a Marxist philosophy of language. ?The book belongs to
the tradition of Marxist critique of dominant ideologies. It should
be particularly useful to those who, in the fields of language
study, literature and communication studies, have decided that
language is not merely an instrument of communication.
About the AuthorJean-Jacques Lecercle was educated at the Ecole
Normale Superieure in Paris. From 1999 to 2002 he was Research
Professor in the English department at the University of Cardiff,
and he is currently Professor of English at the University of
Nanterre. He is the author of Interpretation as Pragmatics
(Macmillan 1999), Deleuze and Language (Palgrave 2002) and The
Force of Language (with Denise Riley, Macmillan 2004).
Gregory Elliott was educated at Balliol College, Oxford, where he
completed his D.Phil. on Louis Althusser in 1985. An independent
translator and writer, his books include Perry Anderson: The
Merciless Laboratory of History (1998). His most recent translation
is Luc Boltanski and Eve Chiapello's The New Spirit of
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