Re: [xmca] LCA: protolanguage

From: Mike Cole (
Date: Thu Jul 07 2005 - 16:57:39 PDT

Seems like Vygotsky would agree with you, Deborah--

"Understanding the words of others also requires understanding of their
thoughts. And even this is incomplete without understanding their motives or
why they have expressed those thoughts.In <http://thoughts.In> precisely
this sense we complete
the psychological analysis of any expression only when we reveal the most
secret internal plane of thinking-- its motivation." (1987, p. 283). Lecture
4 in the same volume is about emotional development.

Seems as if we are implicitly beginning to generate a "next set of readings"
once we have completed the current set and the discussion of Ilyenkov.

On 7/7/05, <> wrote:
> I'm new to XMCA and my exposure to linguistics is limited so perhaps this
> is a naive question but I'm wondering why emotion doesn't play a larger role
> in discussions of semiotic mediation. If the goal is theories that *'begin
> by locating their central problematic by relation to those phenomena which
> are active in its genesis and its evolution*', and authors like LeDoux *'Emotion
> is a biosocially-constructed interstitial phenomenon that facilitates the
> organization of both brain and society*', Damasio, *'Consciousness emerges
> from emotion'*, Bartlett, *'Emotions are the seeds of social schemata'*,
> and Fodor, *'Emotion may be the starting point for meaning-making*', give
> emotion such a prominent place in their theories of human cognition,
> shouldn't it merit some mention in discussions of mediation? Or has this
> been addressed earlier and I missed it? (these 'quotes' are
> (mis)remembered).
> Deborah
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