Signs of activity: integrating language and practical action

JONES, Peter E. (2011). Signs of activity: integrating language and practical action. Language Sciences, 33 (1), 11-19.

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Link to published version:: 10.1016/j.langsci.2010.10.007

Abstract

This paper seeks to explore the status and role of the notion of ‘activity’ within the integrationist tradition of philosophy of communication and at the same time to demonstrate the insights that integrationism can offer to the understanding of situated action. The paper argues that a notion of ‘activity’ is central to the integrationist enterprise because of its thorough-going instrumental approach to signs and sign-making. With the help of two case studies of practical activity, the paper explores how the activity of sign-making forms an integral aspect of purposeful action, collective or solo. This integrationist view of sign-making also requires us to reject the perspective on thinking and the relationship of thinking to bodily action which constitutes the ‘classical view of the mind’.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Communication and Computing Research Centre
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.langsci.2010.10.007
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2010 16:36
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2010 16:36
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2755

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