Praxis, symbol and language developmental, ecological and linguistic issues

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Abstract

This article focuses on the interweaving of constructive praxis with communication in ontogenesis, in phylogenesis and in biocultural niche evolution (ecogen-esis), within an EvoDevoSocio framework. I begin by discussing the nature of symbolization, its evolution from communicative signaling and its elaboration into semantic systems. I distinguish between the symbol-ready and the language-ready brain, leading to a discussion of linguistic conceptualization and its dual grounding in organism and language system. There follows an outline account of the interpenetration in the human biocultural niche-complex of semiosphere and technosphere, mediated by the evolution of the niche of infancy. Symbolization (the foundation of the semiosphere) is by definition normative; the normative character of the technosphere is demonstrated by the interrelations in human development between affordance, action schema and canonical functional object schema. A model of the neuro-computational implementation of dual grounding is proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-255
Number of pages17
JournalInteraction Studies
Volume19
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • EcoEvoDevo
  • Epigenesis
  • Infancy
  • Language evolution
  • Niche construction
  • Praxis
  • Protolanguage
  • Symbol grounding

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