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Re: [xmca] Re: Word Meaning and Action: What' Plausible branch?
Taylor & Francis (informaworld) has just notified me that the accepted
uncorrected version of my book review is now online, for those who can
access MCA online.
From the MCA site, when I click on < View new articles ahead of the print
edition >, I see some other things besides my book review that may be of
interest to this discussion (and the other thread).
I haven't read these yet, but it seems that "Vygotsky, Consciousness, and
the German Psycholinguistic Tradition" by David G. Leitch could be of
interest, maybe for the other thread.
There's also a review of a book by Andy Blunden:
Activity Theory: Legacies, standpoints, and hopes. A discussion of Andy
Blunden's An Interdisciplinary Theory of Activity
An Interdisciplinary Theory of Activity, by Andy Blunden.
and Andy's review of "Hegel and Mind. Rethinking Philosophical
Psychology," by Richard Dien Winfield. Palgrave Macmillan 2010
Mine is a review of three books -it's the review promised in my blog post
on "Curriculum & the post-(cognitivist) synthesis", at
It's not focused on our questions here, but it does introduce the basic
Peircean ideas in relation to CHAT. Also, it looks at meaning and
"information" (though not meaning and "words," as such).
On Fri, 17 Jun 2011, Martin Packer wrote:
On Jun 17, 2011, at 10:45 AM, Andy Blunden wrote:
Listening to the word in context evokes certain feelings and ideas in you.
This is the account of word meaning that Joseph Gilbert was proposing, no?
Communication by means of a word generally means that both parties have participated in situations and projects where the word has been used in the way it is used in the immediate situation. This vests the word with meaning, "constitutes" it /as a word/. There is really nothing in the physical properties of the word that does anything more than smooth the path of meaning-making. There is no chemical formula for meaning. :)
There is no essential difference between a word and a spade, then. You and I use a spade together to dig the garden, plant some tomatoes. The spade takes on a special significance for us.
I don't buy it! But then, apparently I'm in the wrong thread. I thought that your statement about word-meaning was intended to be an interpretation of T&S. I can't even herd myself, apparently, let alone you other cats.
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