[xmca] LCA: AA Leontiev and Landolf/Thorne question

From: Mike Cole (lchcmike@gmail.com)
Date: Mon Jul 04 2005 - 15:21:52 PDT

In seeking to figure out activity-language relations, a question I keep
coming up against
is what is meant by phrases such as
 "As far as psychology is concerned, speech is identical to any other
activity" (p. 1 of AA Leontiev)
or the phrase, "communicative activity." I know this is an old issue in
Russian (at least Soviet) arguments about activity
and Language. But it appears important to this discussion as well.
 I can understand how seeking to acquire a second language could be
considered an activity (at least I think I do), but acquisition
of a first language let alone using language in a case is "Mr Smith is not
working today, he is out mowing the lawn" both seem
questionable as candidates for activities.
 Is there a known, well worked out answer to this question, or a set of
alternative answers?

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