This book deals with the need to rethink the aims and methods of contemporary linguistics. Orthodox linguists' discussions of linguistic form fail to exemplify how language users become language makers. Integrationist theory is used here as a solution to this basic problem within general linguistics. The book is aimed at an interdisciplinary readership, comprising those engaged in study, teaching and research in the humanities and social sciences, including linguistics, philosophy, sociology and psychology.
Introduction: why rethink linguistics? / Hayley G. Davis -- On redefining linguistics / Roy Harris -- Rethinking the fundamental assumption of linguistics / Nigel Love -- Language constructing language: the implications of reflexivity for linguistic theory / Talbot J. Taylor -- Rethinking language acquisition: what the child learns / Talbot J. Taylor, Stuart Shanker -- Nagarjuna, Heracleitus and the problem of language / Roy Harris.