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Re: [xmca] Concepts as sedimentation

I recognise, Tony, that others use the term "sedimentation" differently, but I choose to use the word with this very specific meaning. But the meaning is not a lot different from the langue/parole distinction. If la langue is not embodied in the actual daily use of words then I presume it is embodied in text books and other material artefacts reflecting past usage. I am not language-centric, so I tend to base the distinction on activity and the artefacts it leaves behind to afford future activity - that includes language-use but it not limited to that.


Tony Whitson wrote:
On Mon, 26 Sep 2011, Andy Blunden wrote:

(specifically matter rather than activity)

Andy, I'm not sure what you mean by this.

As I was understanding sedimentation, it would pertain to something like the grammar of a language. This is not activity as in Saussure's _parole_; it is the regularity of _la langue_. It's not something non-material; but is it "matter," or is it a matter of form?

Or am I understanding "sedimentation" too inclusively?

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