LANGUAGE GAMES AND PLAYING WITH LANGUAGE

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

The purpose of this paper is to analyse the relations between man’s everyday actions and games, between what is serious and what is lighthearted, playful about human actions. There are two words in English which refer to these aspects: game and play. They share some semantic features and differ in others. Game focuses on competition and obeying rules, whereas play focuses on amusement and freedom of action. I shall briefly cast a look at both Saussure’s parallel between language and the game of chess and Wittgenstein’s well-known syntagm language-game. I believe that only the latter is acceptable, on condition that …


THE READING GAME

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Fiction possesses a “dialogic” dimension, a relationship that establishes among the various voices which compete for dominance in a text. And it is not seldom that voices in fictional texts derive their vocabularies from the language of games and play. Readers and critics have not always been concerned with the clash of words among other words. The novel as a genre has, traditionally, seemed to be concerned more with character and event than with linguistic nuances. The fictional imagery is pervasively, obsessively visual; the Realist text (isn’t realism one of the main ingredients of the novelistic universe?) seems to resist …