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Language and Meaning in the Age of ModernismC.K. Ogden and His Contemporaries$
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James McElvenny

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474425032

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474425032.001.0001

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Introduction
Language and Meaning in the Age of Modernism

James McElvenny

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter sets the scene for the case studies that follow in the rest of the book by characterising the ‘age of modernism’ and identifying problems relating to language and meaning that arose in this context. Emphasis is laid on the social and political issues that dominated the era, in particular the rapid developments in technology, which inspired both hope and fear, and the international political tensions that led to the two World Wars. The chapter also sketches the approach to historiography taken in the book, interdisciplinary history of ideas.

Keywords:   modernism, history of ideas, meaning, semantics, language, linguistics

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