Bruner, Jerome

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  • Jerome Bruner's contributions to the study of language have been many and groundbreaking. His major contributions are reviewed here in historical sequence. This entry begins with his view of language as the culminating mode of representing the world. It moves to his explorations of the pragmatic aspect of language. These explorations begin with his formulation of a social-interactive basis of language development. His leap into pragmatics is profoundly extended in his revolutionary study of narrative. This study itself is a broad sweep, beginning with adult narrative, moving to development of narrative, and then to uses of narrative in culture, including in law.

    Bruner's study of language is marked by two overarching views. One is on the power of language. Language serves as the basis for development ...

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