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[Xmca-l] Zukerman resumed
The notion of intermental processes as occurring between persons actualizes an ongoing focus on what occurs between persons, and seems to put in question the priority of internalized mastery of one’s own interiorized mental activity. Am i misreading this emphasis in the article.
Is this understanding of (intermental) that prioritizes dialogical activity with the other a different focus than the emphasis that Gordon Wells puts on the dual aspects of the language system as BOTH
*a mediation of social activity by enabling participants to plan and coordinate and review their actions through EXTERNAL speech
AND in addition language as
*a medium in which those above activities are SYMBOLICALLY REPRESENTED, providing the psychological sign/tool that mediates the associated ideal mental activities in the internal discourse of inner speech.
This shift or crossing over from priority given to the actual physical discourse using language (the tool of tools -metatool) to priority given to the SYMBOLICALLY represented realm seems to be a key or hinge moment within the dual nature of language as both external and interior.
Reading the Zukerman article and the focus on the (intermental) all the way down seems to put a different slant or incline to what Gordon Wells is exploring.
My turn is up, but i could reference examples from the Zukerman article on the priority of the (intermental)
For those interested i could send another article by Gordon Wells (The complimentary contributions of Halliday and Vygotsky to a Language Based Theory of Learning, 1994)
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