The instruction of imagination. Language as a social by Daniel, Dr. Dor
By Daniel, Dr. Dor
The publication indicates a brand new viewpoint at the essence of human language. Dor identifies a suite of basic difficulties within the linguistic sciences - the character of phrases, the complexities of syntax, the interface among semantics and pragmatics, the causal dating among language and proposal, language processing, the dialectics of universality and variability, the intricacies of language and tool, wisdom of language and its acquisition, the fragility of linguistic conversation and the origins and evolution of language - and indicates with appreciate to them all how the idea presents clean solutions to the issues, resolves continual problems in present debts, complements the importance of empirical and theoretical achievements within the box, and identifies new instructions for empirical examine. the speculation therefore opens a brand new approach in the direction of the unification of the linguistic sciences, on each side of the cognitive-social divide. Read more...
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1 Experience, Experiencing, and the Experiential Gap The notion of experience has a complicated history. It has emerged from the late nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth, in a series of seminal works in philosophy (Dewey 1938, Heidegger 1927, Merleau-Ponty 1945 , Wittgenstein 1953) and psychology (James 1890, 1904, Vygotsky 1978, 1986). The notion was developed as a counter-reaction to the dominant view of the human mind, based on Cartesian philosophy, as a solipsistic machine, thinking about the world from the isolated viewpoint of the detached observer.
The same task becomes more cumbersome when we try to achieve it through the mediation of drawing—a means of re-presentational communication. The practice is still communicated visually, but the experience is no longer directly communicated as a unitary experience: it is broken down into a set of consecutive stages, each of which is re-presented as a static posture, frozen in time, of the hands vis-à-vis the rope. This is what drawing is all about: it is a system capable of re-presenting visual moments, abstracted away from the temporal flow of experience, frozen into static form.
Chapters 8 and 9 are all about variability. In chapter 8, I show how the theory captures the attested patterns of linguistic diversity around the world, and how it re-conceptualizes the universality of language as a foundationally social fact— not a cognitive one. This carries important implications for research. In chapter 9, I claim that language-related cognitive capacities are also variably spread within communities of speakers. The universal mind of the human speaker is a myth, and so is the universal mind of the language-acquiring child.