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Ludwig Wittgenstein and Language Games (A Literary Application)

Author(s): Mirela Arsith

Journal: Acta Universitatis Danubius : Communicatio
ISSN 1844-7562

Volume: 5;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 14;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: meaning | language game | thought | literature | analo gy

The hypothesis which we assume is that a language cannot transform only one way, but more ways of seeing the world. Therefore, the speakers will not be stuck in a rigid framework of a single belief system. As the modes of discourse are changed, the speakers accomplish, constantly, ideological changes. As Ludwig Wittgenstein sustained, the “key” of our language is not in the mind but a way of life that pushes us towards certain ways of using signs, which are the language games. The approach that we started, namely to investigate various language games in the John Fowles’ novel The Magician, we have identified not only various types of language games, but, in the spirit of Austrian origin philosopher, we searched to make our expressions more accurate. We believe that according to the applications on the text The Magician, we were able to illustrate how Wittgenstein theme of “language games” can be exploited explicitly in the literature. What we showed is that between the activities called language games there are more relations of functional analogies or conceptual functionality.
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