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L. Poteat [1985: esp. chaps. ) Percy's essay "A Theory of Language" (1981:288327) contains a fascinating critique of transformational grammar. For one thing, he proposes an alternative that "is founded on a general semiotic," which he defines, in his personal triadic manner, as "the science of the relations between people and signs and things" (Percy 1981:307). as a valid and possibly useful strategy in approaching language as a phenomenon'' (Percy 1981:320). He then goes on to contrast this pivotal Peircean concept with Chomsky's views of it (cf.
His provisional conclusion was affirmative, or at any rate, it ratified that this form of human behavior is not determined by biological descent. , 1,1021,108). Efron drew on Old World sources with erudition, especially on De Jorio's book, La mimica degli antichi investigata nel gestire Napoletano (1832). If he knew the works of Mallery (easily familiar to other students of Boas, such as A. L. Kroeber), he never cited them. On the other hand, his own subsequent influence was (if not always explicitly recognized) pervasive in specialized corners of semiotic endeavor, rechristened subsequently by such names as "nonverbal communication" (Ruesch and Kees 1956), "proxemics" (E.
Fann 1970; Eco and Sebeok 1983). < previous page page_42 next page > < previous page page_43 next page > Page 43 Structural and functional triads, as against dyadic couplings, seem to allure Percy (cf. "Toward a Triadic Theory of Meaning," 1981:159188, 199), evidently inspired by Peirce's "radical theory of signs which undertook to give an account of those transactions in which symbols are used to name things and to assert sentences about things" (although he follows Morris as well as, with modifications, C.
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