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[Xmca-l] Re: Instantiations of Dialogical Experience as events AND Models of World Experience
Thank you for contacting Franson! And thank you for taking questions to him.
I am particularly interested to know if Franson has read the recent work by Langacker linking cognitive grammar and discourse. To do this Langacker has shifted from grammatical constituency to symbolic assembly as the unit of analysis of language in use. I think it is fair to say that this shift is in line with what Franson is getting at when he says in his 1998 survey article, Culture and Semantics (commenting on the cognitive models of Layoff, et. al.:
"However, we have to be cautious not to yield to a static view of these 'models'. They come to be, and are forever reconstituted through series of 'conceptual blendings' of the sort proposed by Fauconnier and Turner. Though we adopt this term, the actual process may be extremely complex, and needs deeper theoretical reflection and elaboration. Furthermore, the cognitive point of view that culture and all that surrounds it result from mutually orienting behaviour and that they are ultimately derived from 'sharing' of individuals' lived experiences presents us only with a micro perspective. Cultures, in fact, are constituted of a very large number of individuals, and it is difficult to observe the occurrence of biologically-based mutual orienting behaviour in real situations. Moreover, contestations are as much part of the cultural sphere as are agreements. Rather noise-free acculturation can perhaps be seen only in the limited context of cultural acquisition by children or foreigners. In such contexts, however, there exists a cultural differential between the donors of culture and its receivers, be it children or foreigners. Here, in the absence of similar 'cognitive domains' the possibility of sharing a common symbolic system or language is regarded as a prerequisite for cultural sharing.”
Regarding “contestations”, one need only look at this chat to find plenty of data.
Thank you again. You rock!
> On Jan 6, 2015, at 7:36 AM, Larry Purss <email@example.com> wrote:
> Henry, and others interested in the way Franson Manjali historically
> *traced* the development of linguistic theory through culture, cognition
> and pragmatic use.
> He answered that,Yes he would contribute and would answer soon.
> I mentioned the CHAT listserve and that I had distributed his five page
> article on the site, so he understands what he shares will be distributed
> widely to a cultural-historical audience
> He has studied in France and translated books from French to English. He is
> deeply familiar with that intellectual context. His background from India
> may also offer unique interweavings.
> Henry, do you have specific concrete questions for Franson?