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[Xmca-l] Re: What is a Pedagogy of the Oppressors?


Franson Manjali's 5 page summary I thought was a wonderful summary of where
we have been in exploring the relations among language, cognition, and
*mind*.  I felt each paragraph  could be expanded into a different thread
to be explored.  With the guidance [and leadership] of others on this list
[with more understanding of linguistics within anthropology and psychology]
I hope we may possibly read shared articles on this theme.
Or alternatively, I could *listen in* as others more informed on this topic
have an ongoing conversation on these topics.

In those 5 pages Franson moved historically through an expansive
historically effective horizon f understanding.  How do I now *enter* this
fascinating realm with my  limited background. I was able to follow each
paragraph of the article  [read as individual events] because of my
previous readings and conversations playing out on this listserve.

The reason I posted this article *as a primer*  was the way Franson
*traced* the development of the evolving *dialogue* over a hundred year
epoch.  I wanted to share his way of com-posing a historical interweaving
scholarship as his way of  linking these linguistic theories as a
conversation. A historically developing story that led him to his summary

If others wanted to follow your suggestion to look deeply into his summary
statement I would be willing to contact Franson and explore if he has
pursued his own recommendation. Maybe he even has an article he would share
with us.
He has a new book out "Labyrinths of Language* which is an anthology of
articles he has written.

On Mon, Jan 5, 2015 at 4:35 PM, HENRY SHONERD <hshonerd@gmail.com> wrote:

> Larry and y’all,
> Way back three days ago Larry posted the following under the subject
> heading Primer of “A Primer of Culture and Semantics”:
> "To others who like myself do not have a background in linguistics, I offer
> a very short 5 page essay that summarizes concisely the exploration of
> semantics within culture and language and cognition studies in the last
> century.”
> Heres’s the link Larry provided:
> http://www.revue-texto.net/Inedits/Manjali_Culture.html <
> http://www.revue-texto.net/Inedits/Manjali_Culture.html>
> I am wondering if metaphor and embodied cognition, as per the work of
> Lakoff and others, might be considered of use in the current thread.
> Oppression has the hallmarks of of a generative metaphor and this thread,
> oppression, and a way out of the opression itself might be fruitfully
> construed in the light of dialog/discourse analysis. Of especial interest
> to me is the final paragraph of the article:
> "It may be concluded from the above deliberations that after defining the
> basic premises of Cognitive Grammar (Langacker 1987, Lakoff 1987), mainly
> on the basis of earlier works on natural categorisation in psychology
> (Rosch), anthropological linguistics (Berlin and Kay), philosophy
> (Wittgenstein) and sociolinguistics (Labov), cognitive linguists turned to
> issues which had been the main object of linguistic inquiry before the
> advent of generative theory. Langacker (1991) offered a number of analyses
> of different linguistic phenomena utilising the earlier defined notions and
> premises of cognitive linguistics. It has become necessary to verify
> theoretical constructs and predictions in terms of new empirical data. Two
> areas of research seem to be particularly promising in this context:
> cognitive analysis of discourse (Langacker 1999, Langacker 2001) and
> cognitive description of the language acquisition processes. Both of these
> research domains offer massive corpora of unidealized, raw linguistic data.
> Attempts to describe discourse may serve to demonstrate how linguistic
> knowledge is utilised by real users in real context, while attempts aimed
> at describing the process of language acquisition may demonstrate how this
> knowledge is really shaped in contextualised grammatical ontogenesis under
> the pressure of various mental and environmental factors. On the other
> hand, Langacker’s (2000) dynamic usage-based model may well provide a more
> adequate framework for an insightful and comprehensive description of the
> mechanisms of language acquisition. The future of cognitively motivated
> research on language acquisition seems to be promising."
> Just wondering.
> Henry
> > On Jan 5, 2015, at 4:44 PM, Annalisa Aguilar <annalisa@unm.edu> wrote:
> >
> > Larry and others,
> >
> > I am interested in "structures of feeling." Would you recommend anything
> in particular by Williams?
> >
> > I think I am with you (if this is what you are saying) that a vocabulary
> of sensing and feeling are important and frequently overlooked or swept
> under the carpet as if feeling were proof of weakness and not of humanity.
> >
> > Also please recommend any reading by Levinas?
> >
> > Thank you for your additions to the soup.
> >
> > Kind regards,
> >
> > Annalisa
> >