Distributed Language

| University of Hertfordshire, UK
ISBN 9789027202536 | EUR 85.00 | USD 128.00
ISBN 9789027284150 | EUR 85.00 | USD 128.00
The volume presents language as fully integrated with human existence. On this view, language is not essentially ‘symbolic’, not represented inside minds or brains, and most certainly not determined by micro-social rules and norms. Rather, language is part of our ecology. It emerges when bodies co-ordinate vocal and visible gesture to integrate events with different histories. Enacting feeling, expression and wordings, language permeates the collective, individual and affective life of living beings. It is a profoundly distributed, multi-centric activity that binds people together as they go about their lives. Distributed Language pursues this perspective both theoretically and in relation to empirical work. Empirically, it reports studies on the anticipatory dynamics of reading, its socio-cognitive consequences, Shakespearean theatre, what images evoke (in brain and word), and solving insight problems. Theoretically, the volume challenges linguistic autonomy from overlapping theoretical positions. First, it is argued that language exploits a species specific form of semiotic cognition. Second, it is suggested that the central function of language lies in realizing values that derive from our ecosystemic existence. Third, this is ascribed to how cultural and biological symbols co-regulate the dynamics that shape human activity. Fourth, it is argued that language, far from being organism-centred, gives us an extended ecology in which our co-ordination is saturated by values and norms that are derived from our sociocultural environment. The contributions to this volume expand on those originally published in Pragmatics & Cognition 17:3 (2009).
[Benjamins Current Topics, 34]  2011.  ix, 220 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
About the authors
Distributed language
Stephen J. Cowley
The role of anticipation in reading
Timo Järvilehto, Veli-Matti Nurkkala and Kyösti Koskela
The experiential basis of speech and writing as different cognitive domains
Alexander V. Kravchenko
Insightful thinking: Cognitive dynamics and material artifacts
Evridiki Fioratou and Stephen J. Cowley
Actualizing semiotic affordances in a material world
Kristian Tylén, Johanne Stege Bjørndahl and Ethan Weed
Languaging in Shakespeare's theatre
Evelyn Tribble
Semiotic cognition and the logic of culture
Barend van Heusden
Ecological pragmatics: Values, dialogical arrays, complexity, and caring
Bert H. Hodges
Symbols as constraints: The structuring role of dynamics and self-organization in natural language
Joanna Raczaszek-Leonardi
Beyond mind: An extended ecology of languaging
Sune Vork Steffensen
Cited by

Cited by 43 other publications

No author info given
2020.  In Errors and Interaction [Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 309], Crossref logo
Anward, Jan & Per Linell
2016. On the grammar of utterances: putting the form vs. substance distinction back on its feet. Acta Linguistica Hafniensia 48:1  pp. 35 ff. Crossref logo
2019. Beyond the Brain: Intercorporeality and Co‐Operative Action for SLA Studies. The Modern Language Journal 103:4  pp. 724 ff. Crossref logo
Barbieri, Marcello
2015.  In Code Biology,  pp. 129 ff. Crossref logo
Bondì, Antonino
2020.  In Glossary of Morphology [Lecture Notes in Morphogenesis, ],  pp. 149 ff. Crossref logo
Choi, Seongsook
2016. The Case for Open Source Software: The Interactional Discourse Lab. Applied Linguistics 37:1  pp. 100 ff. Crossref logo
Contreras Kallens, Pablo & Rick Dale
2018. Exploratory mapping of theoretical landscapes through word use in abstracts. Scientometrics 116:3  pp. 1641 ff. Crossref logo
Cornips, Leonie & Louis van den Hengel
2021.  In Animals in Our Midst: The Challenges of Co-existing with Animals in the Anthropocene [The International Library of Environmental, Agricultural and Food Ethics, 33],  pp. 177 ff. Crossref logo
Cowley, Stephen J.
2013. Naturalizing language: human appraisal and (quasi) technology. AI & SOCIETY 28:4  pp. 443 ff. Crossref logo
Cowley, Stephen J.
2014.  In Contemporary Sensorimotor Theory [Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics, 15],  pp. 235 ff. Crossref logo
Cowley, Stephen J.
2014. Linguistic embodiment and verbal constraints: human cognition and the scales of time. Frontiers in Psychology 5 Crossref logo
Cowley, Stephen J.
2015.  In Biosemiotic Perspectives on Language and Linguistics [Biosemiotics, 13],  pp. 123 ff. Crossref logo
Cowley, Stephen J.
2015. How peer-review constrains cognition: on the frontline in the knowledge sector. Frontiers in Psychology 6 Crossref logo
Cowley, Stephen J.
2016.  In Agent-Based Simulation of Organizational Behavior,  pp. 43 ff. Crossref logo
Cowley, Stephen J. & Frédéric Vallée-Tourangeau
2013.  In Cognition Beyond the Brain,  pp. 255 ff. Crossref logo
Cowley, Stephen J. & Frédéric Vallée-Tourangeau
2017.  In Cognition Beyond the Brain,  pp. 1 ff. Crossref logo
Cowley, Stephen J. & Sune Vork Steffensen
2015. Coordination in language. Interaction Studies. Social Behaviour and Communication in Biological and Artificial Systems 16:3  pp. 474 ff. Crossref logo
Duncker, Dorthe
2018. Sign making in dialogue. Language and Dialogue 8:1  pp. 139 ff. Crossref logo
Fester, Marie-Theres & Stephen J. Cowley
2018. Breathing life into social presence. Pragmatics and Society 9:2  pp. 274 ff. Crossref logo
Fröhlich, Marlen & Carel P. van Schaik
2018. The function of primate multimodal communication. Animal Cognition 21:5  pp. 619 ff. Crossref logo
Gahrn-Andersen, Rasmus
2019. But language too is material!. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 18:1  pp. 169 ff. Crossref logo
Jensen, Thomas W.
2014. Emotion in languaging: languaging as affective, adaptive, and flexible behavior in social interaction. Frontiers in Psychology 5 Crossref logo
Jensen, Thomas Wiben & Elena Cuffari
2014. Doubleness in Experience: Toward a Distributed Enactive Approach to Metaphoricity. Metaphor and Symbol 29:4  pp. 278 ff. Crossref logo
Larsen-Freeman, Diane
2017.  In Complexity Theory and Language Development [Language Learning & Language Teaching, 48], Crossref logo
Larsen-Freeman, Diane
2017.  In Complexity Theory and Language Development [Language Learning & Language Teaching, 48],  pp. 11 ff. Crossref logo
Larsen-Freeman, Diane
2020.  In Cross-theoretical Explorations of Interlocutors and their Individual Differences [Language Learning & Language Teaching, 53],  pp. 190 ff. Crossref logo
Linell, Per
2014. Interactivities, intersubjectivities and language. Language and Dialogue 4:2  pp. 165 ff. Crossref logo
Linell, Per
2017. Dialogue, dialogicality and interactivity. Language and Dialogue 7:3  pp. 301 ff. Crossref logo
Loaiza, Juan M., Sarah B. Trasmundi & Sune V. Steffensen
2020. Multiscalar Temporality in Human Behaviour: A Case Study of Constraint Interdependence in Psychotherapy. Frontiers in Psychology 11 Crossref logo
Makarova, Elena A.
2020. Views on environment in biocognitive studies of language (Linguo-philosophical analysis). Current Issues in Philology and Pedagogical Linguistics :4(2020)  pp. 116 ff. Crossref logo
McKinney, Jonathan
2020. Ecological∼Enactivism Through the Lens of Japanese Philosophy. Frontiers in Psychology 11 Crossref logo
Moore, Roger K.
2017.  In Dialogues with Social Robots [Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering, 427],  pp. 281 ff. Crossref logo
Neumann, Martin & Stephen J. Cowley
2013.  In Cognition Beyond the Brain,  pp. 13 ff. Crossref logo
Neumann, Martin & Stephen J. Cowley
2017.  In Cognition Beyond the Brain,  pp. 175 ff. Crossref logo
Sealey, Alison
2018. Alastair Pennycook: Posthumanist Applied Linguistics. Applied Linguistics 39:6  pp. 960 ff. Crossref logo
Steffensen, Sune Vork
2013.  In Cognition Beyond the Brain,  pp. 195 ff. Crossref logo
Steffensen, Sune Vork, Frédéric Vallée-Tourangeau & Gaëlle Vallée-Tourangeau
2016. Cognitive events in a problem-solving task: a qualitative method for investigating interactivity in the 17 Animals problem. Journal of Cognitive Psychology 28:1  pp. 79 ff. Crossref logo
Sullivan, Gavin Brent
2017.  In Wittgenstein’s Philosophy in Psychology,  pp. 217 ff. Crossref logo
Trasmundi, Sarah Bro & Stephen J. Cowley
2020. Reading: How Readers Beget Imagining. Frontiers in Psychology 11 Crossref logo
Trasmundi, Sarah Bro & Matthew Isaac Harvey
2018. A blended quantitative-ethnographic method for describing vocal sonification in dance coaching. Psychology of Language and Communication 22:1  pp. 198 ff. Crossref logo
Trasmundi, Sarah Bro & Sune Vork Steffensen
2016. Meaning Emergence in the Ecology of Dialogical Systems. Psychology of Language and Communication 20:2  pp. 154 ff. Crossref logo
Zheng, Dongping, Yuanfang Dai & Yang Liu
2017. Place, identity and becomings with mobile technologies: feminist and Chinese philosophies in dialogue. International Communication of Chinese Culture 4:3  pp. 319 ff. Crossref logo
Zlatev, Jordan, Göran Jacobsson & Liina Paju
2021.  In Figurative Language – Intersubjectivity and Usage [Figurative Thought and Language, 11],  pp. 41 ff. Crossref logo

This list is based on CrossRef data as of 11 june 2021. Please note that it may not be complete. Sources presented here have been supplied by the respective publishers. Any errors therein should be reported to them.

BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2011029013 | Marc record