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Re: [xmca] About emotions - compilation from nov. 24 to dec. 01 - 2009
Your question about the RELATION between language and emotion triggers another relational question that goes back to Mead and the "I -me" dialectic.
A scholar named Steve Odin has constructed an elaborate conversation between the discourses of Zen Buddhism and American Pragmatism. He documents the "social turn" in contempory elaborations of Zen Buddhist psychology.
The question at the heart of his book "The Social Turn in Zen Buddhism and American Pragmatism" is the cultural-historical mediation of the RELATION BETWEEN the "I" and the "ME" in the phenomenology of our "selves". This perspective puts relational and sociocultural perspectives at the heart of phenomenology and the heart of subjectivity. Constructs such as "relational" "process" dynamic" need to be interpreted within different discourses and disciplines but to me the common theme is the movement beyond a worldview of "possessive" individualism, (what Anna Sfard calls the "aquisitional" epistemology) to an emerging "participatory" epistemology and worldview.
Just wondering and curious
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From: Peter Feigenbaum <email@example.com>
Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2009 8:47 am
Subject: Re: [xmca] About emotions - compilation from nov. 24 to dec. 01 - 2009
To: "eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Wow. Thanks, Achilles, for providing such a stimulating topic for
> The contributions from the group have supplied marvelous food
> for thought.
> One idea that this discussion evoked in me that was not really
> touched upon
> by others concerns the relation between language and emotion. I was
> of John Dore (a linguist who investigated the development of
> children'sconversational skills), who used to tell his students
> that "emotion rides
> on the
> back of words". He believed a speaker's tone of voice
> communicates an
> emotional message, and that the words chosen are intended to
> reinforce that
> emotional message with cognitive content.
> At least, that's the case when adults speak to children. To make the
> easier to understand, adults tend to formulate their speech to
> children in
> a way as to make the verbal message consistent with the tone-of-voice
> This consistency between the two channels makes the
> emotional message less
> complicated for children to grasp. Adult-to-adult speech, on the other
> hand, often
> involves messages that conflict, with the tone of voice
> communicating an
> message that is inconsistent with the linguistic expression.
> Using these
> strategically makes it possible to communicate an emotional
> message of one
> kind (for example, communion) with a verbal message that is in
> some way at
> with it (such as non-compliance).
> This state of affairs makes me think that expressing emotion is
> very much
> at the
> functional heart or center of human verbal communication, and
> that the
> of word meaning introduces the possibility of both extending that
> expression into
> the cognitive domain where it can be further articulated, and also
> complicating it
> by surrounding it with additional messages.
> Anyway, thanks again for the thoroughly enjoyable thread!
> Best wishes,
> Peter Feigenbaum, Ph.D.
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> 12/01/2009 10:35 Subject
> PM [xmca] About emotions - compilation
> from nov. 24 to dec. 01 - 2009
> Please respond to
> "eXtended Mind,
> Hi XMCA,
> I compiled all the posts to "XMCA - ABOUT EMOTIONS",
> includind "emotion and culture" and all related to topic.
> from November, 24 to December, 01, 2009. There was
> 82 posts, in chronological order, with all authors indenti-
> fication, in pdf format - 46 pages.
> If you wish.
> Thank you,
> P.S. I can update later.
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