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Op weg na ’n koherente siening van die taal- en tekspraktyk

M. Verhoef, W.A.M. Carstens, K. van de Poel
Literator | Vol 24, No 3 | a299 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v24i3.299 | © 2003 M. Verhoef, W.A.M. Carstens, K. van de Poel | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 01 August 2003 | Published: 01 August 2003

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M. Verhoef, Skool vir Tale, Potchefstroomse Universiteit vir CHO, South Africa
W.A.M. Carstens, Skool vir Tale, Potchefstroomse Universiteit vir CHO, South Africa
K. van de Poel, Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium

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Towards a coherent view of language and text practice

The aim of this article is to investigate different possibilities by which generic principles underlying activities associated with the language profession are explored so as to extract uniform fundamentals inherent to all these activities.

The following issues are attended to:

• An exploration of the underlying historic principles of rhetoric and argumentation in search of the founding principles of current text and language practice.

• An investigation of the communication models of Sebeok and Jakobson, as well as of Jakobson’s threefold distinction (intralingual, interlingual and intersemiotic translation) as a heuristic basis in the quest for a universal definition and delineation of activities related to text and language practice.

The article concludes with the view that, despite the fact that more issues need to be clarified, it seems as if sufficient coherence could be located in the underlying principles of all activities related to language practice, thus enabling scholars and practitioners to view language and text practice as a single field.


Language And Text Practice; Modelling Function Of Language; Models Of Communication; Semiotics


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