Studies of Subjectivity in Language

Junhui WU

Abstract


The study of subjectivity lasts for a long time. But it is not until the construal theory put forward by Langacker appears that the study lacks a unified dimension. The theory classifies construal into concrete dimensions. The theory exerts great influence in the study of subjectivity, including the linguistics study itself and the translation study.

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Subjectivity; Construal; Intersubjectivity

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The theory of construal by Langacker offers a new perspective to the study of subjectivity of the conceptualizer. It provides a unified dimension to the study, which puts the arbitrary, casual study of subjectivity of previous time into an end. The theory of construal furthers the subjectivity study in linguistics itself as well as translation.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/n

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