Re: Language, culture and activity

From: Ritva Engeström (
Date: Sun Jun 12 2005 - 02:45:47 PDT

Thank you Phil,
for facilitating the exciting interdisciplinary topic of discussion
and in the way that gives a little bit time to read.

Ritva Engeström

Phil Chappell kirjoittaa sunnuntaina, 12. kesäkuuta 2005, kello 04:45:

> Dear Ana,
> I was told that the articles would be up by now, but I guess we will
> need to wait until Monday morning, UCSD time. In the meantime, as the
> Vygotsky article is first on the list, I have attached it for all.
> Steve and I will kick off the discussion once everyone has had a
> chance to read this one, as well as the other two coming shortly. I
> hesitate to send them all to everyone on the list, as people in the
> past have had issues with bandwith and storage space.
> Phil
> By the way, one list member had set an anti-spam arrangement which
> meant every time you posted to xmca, you received a message asking
> that you confirm your identity. This should no longer happen; if it
> does, contact that member at
> <LSV_Tools&Signs.pdf>
> On 12/06/2005, at 4:57 AM, Ana Marjanovic-Shane wrote:
>> Phil
>> This is really an exciting program for discussion. Thank you so much
>> for putting it together. I have started reading some readings, but
>> not in the order you envisioned. I am very inspired by an article
>> from your list, but I will leave it for the appropriate week of
>> discussion. In the meantime, I would like to get the Vygotsky's text
>> but it still is not on the website. Do you know when are they going
>> to post the articles?
>> Ana
>> Phil Chappell wrote:Dear All,
>>> A mini-course/discussion of a model of language for activity theory
>>> (as in the Vygotskian, Leontievian and more current versions of the
>>> theory) will start next week here on xmca. The hope is that we can
>>> spur along dialogue between those working within
>>> cultural-historical, socio-cultural and Vygotskian perspectives on
>>> human learning, and those who are working within the socio-semiotic
>>> world of language.
>>> Mike Cole has been a great motivator in getting this going, but I
>>> must say that we should show our appreciation to the scholars
>>> implicated below, who have offered to spearhead the discussions.
>>> Also, we might notice a few new new subscribers to this community,
>>> some of whom have been much more than instrumental in shaping some
>>> of the disciplines in which we will engage over the next couple of
>>> weeks.
>>> If all goes to plan (the eccentric reading list can be largely
>>> blamed on me) , we'll start next week with a review of Vygotsky's
>>> work on tools and signs, a look into activity theory applied to
>>> foreign language learning, and a reading of Jim Lantolf and Steven
>>> Thorne's introduction to their forthcoming volume: Sociocultural
>>> Theory and the Genesis of Second Language Development.
>>> Following that, Gordon Wells will facilitate a discussion focused
>>> on a synergy between Hallidayan and Vygotskian theory in educational
>>> contexts.
>>> Then Harry Daniels and Ruqaiya Hasan will lead a discussion on
>>> unpacking semiotic mediation.
>>> Hopefully further discussions with suggested papers will follow to
>>> keep us all occupied for a longer period over summer and winter
>>> breaks.
>>> Please see attached pdf (one page) file for more details.
>>> All the papers will be available at
>>> within the next
>>> couple of days
>>> To follow along and/or sign up to the list, go to
>>> I hope this may be of interest to many here, and I encourage
>>> everyone to join in, whether actively or passively.
>>> Cheers,
>>> Phil Chappell

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