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In A Thousand Plateaus (1980), for example, they provide an account of language in terms of different 'semiotic regimes'. This text serves well as a way of providing some overview of their work; also, it is of importance to cultural theory in that it provides a good example of an attempt to link systems of language with particular cultural traditions. In A Thousand Plateaus Deleuze and Guattari (1987) renounce any straightforward mode of logical analysis, and instead favour a viewpoint which envisages the phenomenal world in terms of'rhizomatic' structures: it is a quasi-organic machine without origin, 'a stream without beginning or end' (p.

Manet therefore struggles not for economic gain but for recognition, and does so through an attempt to transform the values of high culture. The gaining of control over resources depends upon agents' capital and the skill (or fortune) with which they invest it. Again, 'capital' is not to be understood as an exclusively material resource (such as financial wealth), but can also be symbolic (one's degree of prestige or honour) and cultural (one's cultural knowledge and competence, such as the socially acquired ability to appreciate works of art).

Chomsky reacted against the empiricist approaches that were dominant in linguistics in the 1950s. Behaviourists argued that stimulus—response models could explain how language was acquired. Chomsky (1964a) replies by observing that such accounts of language learning cannot take account of the potentially infinite number of utterances that the language user will create and encounter (so that competent language users must be able to understand sentences that they have never before encountered). Further, empirical accounts of language acquisition do not adequately account for the uniformity of individuals' knowledge and use of language.

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