9780826469656

Brain, Mind and the Signifying Body An Ecosocial Semiotic Theory

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2004-06-22
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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Summary

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.

Author Biography

Paul J. Thibault is Associate Professor in English Linguistics in the Dipartimento di Scienze del Linguaggio, University of Venice.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
ix
List of Tables
x
Foreword xi
M. A. K. Halliday
Preface xiii
PART I
Introduction
The Body-brain System, Meaning-making Activity, and Ecosocial Environment: Building a New, Unified Discourse
3(5)
The Conceptual Framework of the Ecosocial Semiotic Perspective
8(3)
Gibson's Ecological Theory of Perception and the Three-level Scalar Hierarchy View of Organism-plus-Environment Transactions
11(7)
The Brain as Regulator of Sensori-motor Activity: Implications for Social Semiosis
18(5)
Topological and Typological Modes of Semiotic-material Interdependence
23(3)
Contextualization and Meta-redundancy
26(4)
A Critique of the Causal View of Brain-mind Relations
30(4)
Defining and Extending the Notion of Meaning in Terms of the Three-level Hierarchy and the Specification Hierarchy
34(5)
The Signifying Body: Rethinking the Stratified view of Semiosis in Terms of the Three-level Scalar Hierarchy
39(7)
Systemic-functional Linguistic Theory: Bringing Together the Intra-organism and Inter-organism Perspectives on Meaning-making
46(3)
Reconnecting the Semiotic Concept of Value to the Body-brain System and to Meaning-making Activity
49(5)
A Thumbnail Sketch of the Book
54(5)
PART II
Sensori-motor Activity, Movement, and Social Meaning-making: Rethinking the Expression Plane of Semiosis
Some Early Signposts from Saussure and Hjelmslev: The Expression Plane as Embodied Articulatory Movement
59(9)
Energy Exchange and the Complementarity of Interacting Body-brains
68(1)
The Stratified Model of Semiosis: The Problem of Conceptual Abstractness and Scalar Homogeneity
69(3)
Blackboxing the Sensori-motor Dimension: Language Seen as Modality-independent Centralized Processing Mechanism
72(3)
The Intentional Character of `Inner' and `Outer' Sensori-motor Activity: Towards a Unified Account
75(2)
The Symbolic Possibilities of Bodily Movement
77(1)
Articulatory Movement Seen as Actional Semiotic, Not Physical Behaviour
78(3)
Inner and Outer Body States and Social Semiosis
81(2)
The Semiotic Mediation and Entraining of Embodied Bio-kinematic Potential
83(3)
Metafunctional Diversity on the Expression Plane
86(1)
The Expression Plane is the Interface between Body and Ecosocial Environment
87(3)
The Metafunctional Basis of Vocal-tract Articulatory Activity
90(4)
Subjectivity, Agency, and the Prosodic Realization of Interpersonal Meaning
94(4)
Vocal-tract Gestures and Grammar: Symptom and/or Supervenience?
98(2)
The Intentional Character of Articulatory Activity
100(3)
Embodying the Metafunctions: The Example of Vocal-tract Articulatory Activity
103(2)
The Metafunctional Basis of Space and of Bodily Movement in Ecosocial Space-time
105(3)
Body Dynamics, Meaning-making, and Scale Heterogeneity: Expression and Content as Cross-scalar Semiotic Processes Embedding the Body-brain in its Ecosocial Environment
The Dynamical Character of Expression and Content and the Cross-coupling of Diverse Scalar Levels of Semiotic Organization
108(1)
The Expression Stratum and the Principle of Alternation
109(7)
Stratification in Relation to Expression and Content
116(2)
The Integration of Iconic, Indexical and Symbolic Modes of Meaning in Phonology
118(2)
Rhythm and the Foot
120(2)
The Metafunctional Organization of Phonology as seen from the Perspective of Rhythm and the Foot
122(4)
The Integration of Iconic, Indexical and Symbolic Modes of Meaning in Lexicogrammar
126(8)
Language as Particle, Wave, and Field
134(5)
The Brain as Selective Recognition System: Language and Edelman's Theory of Recategorization
139(7)
The Integration of Individuals to their Semiotic Trajectories
146(2)
The Intrinsically Time-bound Nature of Semiosis: The Integration of Temporal Dynamics Across Scales of Expression and Content
148(6)
Scalar Heterogeneity and the Phonological and Lexicogrammatical Rank Scales
154(8)
The Emergence of Linguistic Categories from the Child's Primary Forceful Interactions with its Environment
162(9)
Part III
The Semiotic Basis of Consciousness
First-person and Third-person Accounts of Consciousness
171(2)
The Representation of Subjective Experience in Consciousness in Relation to the Higher-scalar Environment of the Individual
173(3)
Locating the Seat of Consciousness
176(8)
The Meaning-making Capacity of the Body-brain Complex through the Discrimination of Difference
184(5)
Language Functions and the Cortical Organization of the Brain: Implications for Higher-order Consciousness
189(6)
Experiential Meaning and the Assimilation of the Phenomena of Experience to Knowable Categories
195(3)
Interpersonal Meaning as Exploratory and Orienting Activity in Relation to the Ground
198(2)
The Textual Metafunction as Semiotic Means for Giving Unity and Wholeness to Meaning-making
200(1)
Experiential and Interpersonal Meaning in Gaze
201(1)
Proto-interpersonal Meaning and the Child's Exploration of its Environment
202(3)
Bogdan's Theory of Mental Sharing and Topical Predication
205(4)
Interpersonal Meaning, Value, and Action
209(3)
Procedural Knowledge, Declarative Knowledge and the Semiotic Spiral towards Symbolic Consciousness
212(3)
Interpersonal Meaning, Goal-seeking Activity, and the Goal Hierarchy
215(2)
Consciousness and Semiotic Stratification
217(7)
An Alternative Reading of Descartes in the Internalist Perspective of Interpretive Activity
224(2)
The Entropic Character of Meaning
226(1)
Consciousness as the Contextualization of Experience in the Perspective of the Self
227(4)
The Embedding of Consciousness in a Higher-scalar System of Interpretance
231(5)
The Metafunctional Character of Consciousness: Some Correlations Between the Neurobiological and Semiotic Dimensions
The Contextual Character of Consciousness
236(2)
The Metafunctions and the Shape of Consciousness
238(3)
Vague Contours of the Metafunctions in the Infant's Early Perceptual-motor Engagements with the Environment
241(5)
The Structure of (Self)Consciousness in Perceptual Awareness
246(2)
Damasio's Neurobiological Theory of Consciousness
248(9)
The Proto-metafunctional Structure of Core and Extended Consciousness
257(7)
Integrating the Interaction System and the Meaning System Perspectives on (Self) Consciousness
264(3)
Minding the Gap between Minds: Mirror Neurons and Interpersonal Meaning
267(4)
Inner Speech as Linguistically Realized Higher-order Thinking
271(1)
The Metafunctional Character of Inner Speech as Linguistically Constituted Thought
272(4)
The Re-grounding of the Perspectives of Self and Other in Symbolic Consciousness
276(1)
Text, Social Meaning-making Practices and Higher-order Consciousness
277(4)
Brain, Meaning, and Consciousness
Biological and Socio-cultural Factors Form a Single System of Complexly Related and Interacting Factors: Putting Time and Activity Back into the Picture
281(2)
Re-interpreting Flohr's Brain-based Theory of Phenomenal Awareness: A Three-level Hierarchy View of the Emergence of Proto-meaning in the Brain
283(6)
Brain, Meaning, and Symbolic Consciousness
289(1)
The Embodiment of the Material and the Conscious Modes in Expression and Content
290(5)
Periodicity and the Intrinsic Temporal Organization of the Expression Stratum of Speech on Diverse Scalar Levels
295(1)
The Creation of Symbolic Objects of Consciousness in Semantic Neural Space
296(4)
Contextualizing Relations, the Principle of Meta-redundancy, and the Brain as Contextualizing Tool
300(2)
A Definition of Consciousness in Terms of the Semiosis that Occurs Within the Brain
302(8)
The Three-level Hierarchy, Neuronal Activity, and the Emergence of the Self-perspective
310(4)
Epilogue 314(4)
References 318(13)
Name Index 331(3)
Subject Index 334

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