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[Xmca-l] Re: XMCA-ers: Help needed finding LSV references to *First* and *Second* Signal Systems

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On Fri, Oct 28, 2016 at 11:58 AM, Mack, Nancy J. <nancy.mack@wright.edu>

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> Dr. Nancy Mack
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> Subject: [Xmca-l] XMCA-ers: Help needed finding LSV references to *First*
> and *Second* Signal Systems
> Dear colleagues,
> I don't wish to detract in any way from the very serious and absolutely
> necessary discussion about male sensitivity (or should I say insensitivity)
> to the voices of the women inhabiting this list, but I sure could use your
> collective help with a small matter of scholarship. I am trying to locate
> any passages in LSV's Collected Works in English in which he refers to the
> *first* and *second* signal systems.
> My understanding is that Vygotsky considers the first signal system as the
> biologically inherited stimulus-response (S-R) system of reflexes as
> described by Pavlov, whereas the second signal system refers to the
> culturally inherited system of initiation-response that is particular to
> human conversational activity. I am working with the hypothesis that, in
> ontogenetic development, the first signal system becomes *domesticated* by,
> and ultimately subordinated to, the second signal system. That is, the S-R
> form of thinking becomes developmentally transformed into the
> Initiation-Response form of thinking that is characteristic of a person
> performing a listening-speaking turn in conversation.
> If any of the wonderful scholars on this list could help point this poor,
> stumbling colleague
> in the right direction, I would be most grateful.
> Warm wishes to all,
> Peter
> p.s. -- Let me take this opportunity to express my heartfelt thanks to Mike
> for creating this list in the first place, and with it the opportunity for
> Vygotskian scholars the world over to share and discuss our ideas in an
> open and honest forum. For my part, I pledge to do my level best to raise
> my own consciousness where it is deficient so that my participation in this
> forum will be as inclusive and respectful to all of its participants as is
> humanly possible.
> --
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