Re: [xmca] Banana Mediated Emotions: Herb Clark's book

From: Randi A. Engle <raengle who-is-at>
Date: Wed Jul 25 2007 - 10:46:46 PDT

Hello Mike and all,

I was one of Herb's students while he was writing his book and got to
provide comments on several draft chapters. Chapter 6 was the
foundation of my dissertation work on multimodal explanations. Many
other ideas in the book provide key theoretical foundations for me,
though it's not always easy to do empirical analyses that are truly
consistent with those foundations.

In any case, I would love to discuss anything from any part of the
book with you and others! One complication, though, is that it will
have to be either in the next week or so, or after the middle of
August as I'll be out of email contact from 8/4 to 8/16.

One thing that might be helpful to keep in mind when reading the book
is that it was written in hopes of engaging cognitively oriented
psycholinguists to think differently about language (and eventually
communication and interaction). I think this is partly why the book
is titled "Using Language" rather than something else that might
cover its full scope. It's also why earlier chapters have a
transitional character, with Herb's full positions emerging as the
book develops. Or at least that's my reading of it.

But now I am incredibly curious to learn about Mescheryakov's work.
What did he write and where might I find it? Please excuse me in
advance if I've missed earlier discussions here about him--I
sometimes have trouble keeping up with all the exciting things that
appear on this space!

Randi Engle

At 8:46 AM -0700 7/25/07, Mike Cole wrote:
>2. All. I have just, after an inexcusable oversight lasting more than a
>decade, found
>Herb Clark's book, *Using Language*. Does anyone know it? It starts by
>arguing that
>language arises from pre-linguistic joint activity. In fact, the entire
>first chapter is about
>joint activity. I have just started it, but it reads very much as is it had
>been written by
>Mescheryakov thus far. Does anyone know this work? Am I on the right track??

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