Continuing Discourse on Language - A Functional Perspective, Volumes 1 and 2 - Ruqaiya Hasan†

Continuing Discourse on Language - A Functional Perspective, Volumes 1 and 2 - Ruqaiya Hasan†

6. The interpersonal gateway to the meaning of mind; unifying the inter- and intraorganism perspective on language

Continuing Discourse on Language - A Functional Perspective, Volumes 1 and 2 - Ruqaiya Hasan†

Paul J. Thibault [+-]
Agder University College
Paul J. Thibault is Professor of Linguistics and Media Communication, Agder University College, Kristiansand, Norway. He is the author of a number of books including Rereading Saussure: The Dynamics of Signs in Social Life (1997), Agency and Consciousness in Discourse: Self-Other Dynamics as a Complex System (2004) and Brain, Mind and the Signifying Body: An Ecosocial Semiotic Theory (2004).

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In this chapter, I shall consider some of the ways in which Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) can contribute to our understanding of the reflexive mind and the role that the child’s development of his meaning-making plays in the creation of mind. In doing so, I shall emphasise the new dialogue that can now be created between SFL and the neurological, biological and cognitive sciences due to the recent developments in these sciences concerning the emergence of meaning, mind and consciousness in the individual. The chapter will focus on research on early (proto)linguistic development in the human infant in the SFL tradition in order to develop the arguments suggested. above. I will not be presenting a chronological recount, but a theoretical reconstruction of the developments which have made such a dialogue possible

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Thibault, Paul J. . 6. The interpersonal gateway to the meaning of mind; unifying the inter- and intraorganism perspective on language. Continuing Discourse on Language - A Functional Perspective, Volumes 1 and 2. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 117-156 Nov 2005. ISBN 9781845531140. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=19807. Date accessed: 11 Aug 2022 doi: 10.1558/equinox.19807. Nov 2005

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