Language acquisition, motherhood, and the perpetual preservation of ethical dialogue: a model for ethical discourse focusing on Julia Kristeva

Perspectives: International Postgraduate Journal of Philosophy 2 (1):102-115 (2009)
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This article proposes that Julia Kristeva’s semiotic view of language supports the mother/child paradigm as a model for ethical discourse. Her defense of motherhood, particularly her discussion of the sacredness of maternal love and the mother tongue, strengthens the argument that motherhood is a primary means of preserving language acquisition and ethical development. It focuses on motherhood’s ability to ensure, protect and preserve the possibility of productive ethical discourse through verbal and non-verbal means of communication. This article discusses the constraints of language, and its effects on the actualization of self.



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