English as a Young and Changing Discipline

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This essay takes an interdisciplinary approach to discussing the English language as a young and changing discipline. It draws on theories from the fields of philosophy, psychology, semiotics, physical science, and critique for reinforcement of the author's own ideals or ideas about the English language. The most appealing order to the essay was to begin with philosophy as a metaphysical approach with touches of idealism and humanism fusing with idealistic-empiricist- sense-experience approaches through psychology, physical science, and semiotics. Making sense of the English language is in itself a process and this essay is an attempt to mimic (mimesis) that order whilst trying to build bridges between the various disciplines. Aristotle held the concept of art as mimesis, the imitation of reality. How I perceive this process and how I manage to express it (if this may be considered art) depends on how enabled an individual feels after reading this. New critics of the 1940s and 1950s like W.K.Wimsatt and John Crowe would argue that the author's intentions has nothing to do with literary criticism. And now the first scaffold... The English language and literature was already in use by c1450 by inhabitants of the British isles. It was during the 15th century that the English language `acquired' much of its modern form. Previous literature of linguistic periods include Anglo-Saxon literature, Middle English literature and Anglo Norman literature. The lasting effects of the French culture and language in the English language illustrates the dynamics and state of flux which the English discipline is presently in. There is always a static, gravitational attraction of `outside' influences and actions meeting with other act... ... middle of paper ... ...pectrums of psychology, and science. At the bottom of the ocean sits semiotics. The English language is an ever-changing, shifting mass that is both recycled into most, if not all, disciplines of study. While it merges in and out of itself, it draws upon these other disciplines, adding to the mass, and at the same time it washes ashore parts of its entirity. Through the cycle of time and cultural diffusion the ocean returns to itself. Recognising the English language as it is demands an appreciation and acknowledgement of the premise that the language is as young as you are able to make sense of the abstract elements or substances that is the result of a fusion of both the positives and negatives of the discipline of thought and life. And then there's the genome and its relation to life. (oops..by thought...). Must stop...feeling like an airhead.......The end.

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