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Integrational linguistics or integrationism is an approach in the theory of communication that emphasizes the importance of context and rejects rule-based models of language. It was developed by a group of linguists at the University of Oxford during the 1980s, notably Roy Harris.

The International Association for the Integrational Study of Language and Communication (IAISLC) was founded in 1998 and has members in more than twenty-five countries around the world.


  • 1998 R. Harris, Introduction to Integrational Linguistics, Oxford, Pergamon
  • 2000 R. Harris, Rethinking Writing, London, Athlone. Integrationist critique of the traditional Western concept of writing as a representation of speech.
  • 2001 H.G. Davis, Words. An Integrational Approach, London, Curzon. Integrationist examination of the 'word' as a linguistic unit.
  • 2002 R. Harris (ed.), The Language Myth in Western Culture, London, Curzon. Papers from the first IAISLC international conference.
  • 2003 H.G. Davis & T.J. Taylor (eds), Rethinking Linguistics, London, RoutledgeCurzon. Essays on various topics relating to basic issues in linguistic theory.
  • 2004 S. Pryor Postcards From Writing, CD-ROM, Ballarat. Application of integrationism to language learning at the human-computer interface.
  • 2004 D. Spurrett (ed.), Distributed Cognition and Integrational Linguistics. Special issue of Language Sciences. Vol.26. 6.
  • 2005 R. Harris, The Semantics of Science, London, Continuum. Examination of the language of science from an integrationist perspective.

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