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Mahony, P. (1975). The Interpretation of Dreams, Semiology, and Chomskian Linguistics—A Radical Critique. Psychoanal. St. Child, 30:221-241.

(1975). Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 30:221-241

The Interpretation of Dreams, Semiology, and Chomskian Linguistics—A Radical Critique

Patrick Mahony, Ph.D.

IN HIS VERITABLE PIONEERING MONOGRAPH MARSHALL EDELSON (1973) rightly sees Freud the dream theorist as the forerunner of modern semiology. Accordingly, Edelson specifies that when "Freud describes the dream as a kind of rebus, he is clearly concerned, and perhaps the first semiologist to state the problem so explicitly, with the translation of the symbolic forms of one symbolic system into those of another symbolic system" (p. 252), i.e., the translation of the verbosymbolic latent dream into the predominant visuality of the manifest dream. Edelson's own guiding interest is to harmonize Freudian and Chomskian tenets, to establish an isomorphism between linguistic deep and surface structures and the dual structure of oneiric activity.

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