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Language, Evolution of Consciousness, and the Recovery of Human Meaning


by Owen Barfield 1981

The historical study of words, and particularly of the changes in their meanings, has two benefits. First, it can bring to light our recent and culture-bound perspective on the nature of language, and, secondly, the approach to language needs to be made with a perspective on the future rather than the past. (Source: ERIC)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 82 Number 3, 1981, p. 427-433
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 985, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 11:10:43 PM

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  • Owen Barfield
    Dartford, Kent, England
    Owen Barfield graduated in English with first class honours at Wadham College, Oxford, in 1921. In later life he practiced the law for thirty years. Among his numerous books are included Poetic Diction:A Study in Meaning, Romanticism Comes of Age, Saving the Appearances: A Study in Idolatry, Worlds Apart, History in English Words, What Coleridge Thought, The Rediscovery of Meaning, and History, Guilt and Habit.
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