oa Alternation - Language in Iterating Activity: Microcognition Re-membered

Volume 10, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



Radical as its consequences may be, prima facie there is nothing implausible about a distributed view of language. Linguistic theory notwithstanding, even casual observation suggests that, during iterated human activities, what we ordinarily call 'language' spreads across brains, bodies and world Seeking ways of understanding this spread, we urge fresh thinking about verbal labels. Specifically, we suggest that this central part of language is grounded in activity that is social and microcognitive. Dynamic and dialogical activity, words spoken, promote remembering. As with many computational resources-music, mathematics, navigation - to exploit labels for remembering is to take part in social as well as sub-personal activity.

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