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[Xmca-l] the genetic roots of thought and speech



Francine asked us to re-read Chapter 4 "the Genetic Roots' of Thought and
Speech.
This paragraph was critical

"we are forced to conclude that FUSION of thought and speech, in adults as
well as in children, is a phenomenon limited to a CIRCUMSCRIBED area.
Nonverbal thought and nonintellectual speech do NOT participate in THIS
FUSION and are affected indirectly by the processes of verbal thought"
[Vygotsky, page 48]

Reading this opens for me the question of all the other functions of speech
in the adult that are not directly influenced by thought and all the
functions of thought that are not affected by speech.
In particular are there forms of *imaging* that are thoughts but not
functioning in speech. Do these paths of image and thought also develop and
fuse?

All the functions that Vygotsky explores in the primates and in children
PRIOR to the reciprocal interweaving of thought and language continue to
function in adults. For example the sounds of speech as offering "release
from tension or anxiety" or the sounds as ways of *connecting* and
*bonding*.
It seems that to privilege the fusion of thought and language as dominant
modes of designing places/spaces [such as the third space] makes the other
functions [speech alone] [thought alone] nondominant modes when the
necessity for connection may be prior to and dominant when reflecting on
the fused mode of thought and language as a partial unity.
In other words, the unit of analysis is the relation of thought alone AND
speech alone AND image alone AND all their actual fusions as other partial
modes.
This as a multi-modal understanding.
I hope this is the right length
Larry