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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



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Title: Brain, Mind and the Signifying Body
Subtitle: An Ecosocial Semiotic Theory
Written By: Paul J. Thibault
URL: http://http://www.continuumbooks.com/Books/detail.aspx?ReturnURL=/Search/default.aspx&CountryID=1&Im
Description:

Brain, Mind and the Signifying Body is an exploration of a multimodal
theory of cognitive science. Using linguistic theories first developed by
Saussure and more latterly by M. A. K. Halliday, Paul Thibault analyses how
social and biological systems interact to produce meaning. This fascinating
study will be of interest to undergraduates and academics researching
cognitive linguistics and advanced semiotics.

The book engages with the current dialogue between the human and life
sciences to ask questions about the relationship between the physical,
biological aspects of a human being, and the sociocultural framework in
which a human being exists. Paul J. Thibault argues that we need to
understand both the semiotic, discursive nature of meaning making, and the
physical context in which this activity takes place. The two are
inseparable, and hence the only way we can understand our subjective
experience of our environment and our perceptions of our inner states of
mind is by giving equal weight to both frameworks. This 'ecosocial
semiotic' theory engages with linguistics, semiotics, activity theory,
biology and psychology. In so doing, the book produces a new way of looking
at how a human being makes sense of his or her environment, but also how
this environment shapes such meanings.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)
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Linguistic Field(s): Philosophy of Language
Psycholinguistics
Sociolinguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0826492533
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 360
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