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A novel theoretical framework for an embodied, non-representational approach to language that extends and deepens enactive theory, bridging the gap between sensorimotor skills and language.

Linguistic Bodies offers a fully embodied and fully social treatment of human language without positing mental representations. The authors present the first coherent, overarching theory that connects dynamical explanations of action and perception with language. Arguing from the assumption of a deep continuity between life and mind, they show that this continuity extends to language. Expanding and deepening enactive theory, they offer a constitutive account of language and the co-emergent phenomena of personhood, reflexivity, social normativity, and ideality. Language, they argue, is not something we add to a range of existing cognitive capacities but a new way of being embodied. Each of us is a linguistic body in a community of other linguistic bodies.
The book describes three distinct yet entangled kinds of human embodiment, organic, sensorimotor, and intersubjective; it traces the emergence of linguistic sensitivities and introduces the novel concept of linguistic bodies; and it explores the implications of living as linguistic bodies in perpetual becoming, applying the concept of linguistic bodies to questions of language acquisition, parenting, autism, grammar, symbol, narrative, and gesture, and to such ethical concerns as microaggression, institutional speech, and pedagogy.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. 1. Making Introductions
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. I - Bodies
  2. pp. 11-12
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  1. 2. Living Bodies
  2. pp. 13-42
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  1. 3. Enacted Bodies
  2. pp. 43-60
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  1. 4. Intersubjective Bodies
  2. pp. 61-86
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  1. 5. Entanglement and Historicity
  2. pp. 87-102
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  1. II - Linguistic Bodies
  2. pp. 103-104
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  1. 6. Dialectics: A Tool for Enactivists
  2. pp. 105-130
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  1. 7. From Participatory Sense-Making …
  2. pp. 131-164
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  1. 8. … to Linguistic Bodies
  2. pp. 165-212
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  1. III - Living as Linguistic Bodies
  2. pp. 213-214
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  1. 9. Becoming Linguistic Bodies
  2. pp. 215-260
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  1. 10. Autistic Linguistic Bodies
  2. pp. 261-278
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  1. 11. Enacting Language “as We Know It”
  2. pp. 279-308
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  1. 12. Making Better Sense
  2. pp. 309-328
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 329-334
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 335-352
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 353-398
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 399-414
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780262347280
Related ISBN
9780262038164
MARC Record
OCLC
1035389794
Pages
432
Launched on MUSE
2018-10-25
Language
English
Open Access
No
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