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Communication theory and integrational semiology: The constitutive metamodel revisited

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In this article I critically engage with Robert Craig’s constitutive metamodel of communication theory from the vantage point of an integrational semiology, as developed by Oxford Professor Roy Harris in his book Signs, Language and Communication (1996). I argue that Harris’ dichotomy of a ‘segregational’ vs. an ‘integrational’ tradition of theorizing language and communication makes the metamodel redundant on the grounds that Craig’s communicational perspective on social reality is replaced by two semiologies sponsoring mutually exclusive ontologies and epistemologies.
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Keywords: Roy Harris; constitutive metamodel; integrational semiology; lay-orientation; radical indeterminacy; segregational theories of communication

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: The University of Hong Kong

Publication date: June 1, 2017

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