Program Outline|名古屋大学グローバルCOEプログラム|テクスト布置の解釈学的研究と教育

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Program Outline

Introduction and Objectives

Aim to Form a Hub

The present program, which inherits the achievements of the 21st Century COE Program conducted here at Nagoya University over the past five years, aims at forming an educational hub which will efficiently rear a younger generation of researchers by developing a core theory that will reveal the overall configuration containing an array of linguistic texts in it. The 21st Century COE Program, Studies for the Integrated Text Science, involving history, literature, thought, image, gesture, and so on, has been very successful in synthetically explaining different types of text existing in human societies from various points of view. Taking into consideration our main purpose of forming an educational hub, we will attempt to establish a teaching methodology that will deepen and renovate hermeneutic studies of linguistic texts and 'interpretation' as human intellectual activity. Thus the purpose of the present program is to bring up young researchers who have acquired as their research tool a method that enables them to observe textual phenomena from a totally novel perspective and capture their background contexts and overall configuration.

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What is the Configuration of Texts?

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One of the findings of the 21st Century COE Program in the past five years is that texts constitute their own special configuration. In general, texts constitute of pre-texts, which are prerequisites for their existence, other related texts, which realize inter-textuality through cross-references among them, meta-texts, which are annotations or interpretations assigned to them, and para-texts, which are titles indicating genres of texts or categories they belong to, as well as their forms and constitutions.

This is illustrated as in the figure above. A particular text exists as the close-knotted gathering of a sequence of all these text constituents, and their overall configuration is characterized as text in a broad sense.

Basic Plan and its Cause
The reason we have decided to foreground linguistic texts out of the fruits of the 21st Century COE Program is that since the present program is by nature educational, its main purpose is to build up an education research hub, and thus we should utilize for our education plan all the achievements accumulated in the linguistic-graphic section of the 21st Century COE Program that achieved the most outstanding results of all its sections. On all these achievements we will reconstruct the results obtained through Gadamer's text theory, which is a compilation of previous hermeneutic studies, and a critically refined methodology developed through post-Saussure modern linguistic theory. This will allow us to bring up young researchers with an ability and grounding that make it possible to develop an up-to-the-minute academic perspective. Alongside the acquirement of abilities to construe texts spoken and written in various languages, it is intended to build up an educational system for the training of young researchers who tackle textual phenomena with a profound understanding that texts have the configuration outlined above. The present program involves a couple of promoting members invited from other graduate schools of Nagoya University, because it has law and economy texts within its range of research and education as types of linguistic-graphic text that have critically important social meanings. Studies of law texts based on textual theory have practical importance as well since Japan has already decided to have private citizens as members of a jury after reforming its judicial system. Semantic studies of law texts are of significance in both jurisprudence and text science.

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