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Methodological Issues: Linguistics And Hermeneutics

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This chapter focuses on linguistic analysis which is not only fruitful but even indispensable to the hermeneutical process of text interpretation, while at the same time taking the separation of linguistics and exegesis seriously, it stands to reason to start this study with an investigation of the way in which the relation between the two disciplines has been understood by philosophical hermeneutics. The chapter introduces the basic methodological tenets of these currents. It focuses on the integration of the functionalist-cognitive approach in the hermeneutical process. The relation between a linguistic and an interpretative approach to texts has been one of the core issues in philosophical hermeneutics ever since its inception with the work of Friedrich Schleiermacher. The chapter explores how this relation has been assessed by the different protagonists of philosophical hermeneutics. Cognitive linguistics devotes far less attention to grammatical issues than its functional counterpart.

Keywords: cognitive linguistics; Friedrich Schleiermacher; philosophical hermeneutics



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