The Poetic Function of Language in Political Time and Space
It is argued in this paper that the poetic function of language as a combination of the expressive and the metalingual functions of language (the ability of ‘Homo Loquens’ to express emotion as intertwined with the ability to create ‘new language’, by ‘playing’ with explicit knowledge about it) helps to locate the ‘ego’ of ‘Homo Loquens’ in the actual present (time) and the actual social environment (space). The matching of the two functions explains what ties up individual ‘egos’ in a language identity, on a deictic ‘here and now’ socio-political principle within the current pragmatic context.
Keywords: Language, Identity, Politics, Habitat
Dr. Vassil Anastassov
Professor, Department of English Language and Literature