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Definition of Text[edit]

Whoever gave the linguistic definition of text, is wrong, he has mistaken text for language. Your differenciation between "a system as the ability of the speakers to communicate using verbal and gestural signs" and "text being understood as the product of this ability" is more fitting for the language-definition as separated into "langue" and "parole" (french) like deSaussure did.

-- 13:23, 19 Apr 2005 (UTC) hello

Lit-crit usage of "text"?[edit]

Which of the many articles linked from this disambiguation page would be best to use as the link for the word "text" in the article paratext? I'm not an academic, and I have only the vaguest understanding of what "text" means in the context of literary criticism and cultural studies. It would be useful if Wikipedia had an article on that definition of "text". Perhaps it does, but I couldn't determine immediately from the page text which one would be helpful to me or a hypothetical reader coming from that standpoint. —Josiah Rowe (talkcontribs) 00:37, 9 August 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

P.S. I'm leaning towards linking to hermeneutics, as that is at least the right context, but that's not precisely accurate: as I understand it, hermeneutics is the study of texts in this sense. It would be useful if we had an article on what a "text" is in this context. —Josiah Rowe (talkcontribs) 00:41, 9 August 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

This issue is not just about litterary theory and criticism, it's general for a wide variety of humanities traditions outside of linguistics. There is clearly a need for an article on text as used in these traditions (text as derived from greek textere = fabric on to modern structuralist and post-structuralist traditions etc). --Anderssl (talk) 13:06, 12 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]