For those who tire of reading sociobiological explanations of language check out this article by Marnie Holborow.
Putting The Social Back Into Language: Marx, Volosinov and Vygotsky
In other items of interest:
"In a speech, President JF Kennedy said that if only Karl Marx "had remained a foreign correspondent, history might have been different". How wrong he was, argues Christopher Hitchens. Much of Marx's writing during his years as a hack was a passionate defence of the values that were to inform his political philosophy."
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