Advanced

From the meaning of embodiment to the embodiment of meaning

Sonesson, Göran LU (2007) In Body, Language and Mind. Vol 1. Embodiment I. p.85-128
Abstract
Unlike in much of the contemporary discussion of embodiment, phenomenology is really involved with the body as a kind of meaning appearing to consciousness; and it does not only attend to the body of the biological organism, but also to the kind of organism-independent artefacts which are required by some sign systems. Because it is concerned with meaning, phenomenology is akin to semiotics. From the point of view of the latter discipline, however, signs must be distinguished from other meanings, and clear criteria are needed for doing so. At least one such criterion can by found in the work of Piaget: differentiation. Meaning in the more general sense of organisation and selection is at the basis of the common sense world, and thus... (More)
Unlike in much of the contemporary discussion of embodiment, phenomenology is really involved with the body as a kind of meaning appearing to consciousness; and it does not only attend to the body of the biological organism, but also to the kind of organism-independent artefacts which are required by some sign systems. Because it is concerned with meaning, phenomenology is akin to semiotics. From the point of view of the latter discipline, however, signs must be distinguished from other meanings, and clear criteria are needed for doing so. At least one such criterion can by found in the work of Piaget: differentiation. Meaning in the more general sense of organisation and selection is at the basis of the common sense world, and thus accounts for what is known in Cognitive Linguistics as “image schemas”. Cognitive Linguistics, just as biosemiotics, ignores this important distinction. Moreover, some cognitive linguists seem to deny the distinction between organism and environment, which must prevail if “image schemas” are to be acquired, along the lines of earlier conceptions of schematisation. On the basis of these considerations, a developmental sequence can be suggested going from schemas to signs and organism-independent artefacts. (Less)
Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:
author
publishing date
type
Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding
publication status
published
subject
keywords
embodiment, sign, body, semiotic function, evolution, semiotics, ecology, phenomenology, memory, picture, Lifeworld
in
Body, Language and Mind. Vol 1. Embodiment
editor
Jordan, Zlatev; Tom, Zimke; R, Frank; ; and
volume
I
pages
85 - 128
publisher
Mouton de Gruyter
ISSN
1861-4132
ISBN
978-3-11-019327-5
project
Språk, gester och bilder i ett semiotiskt utvecklingsperspektiv
language
English
LU publication?
no
id
00e74dd1-3561-4209-8be2-cea1577b280d (old id 697281)
alternative location
http://www.arthist.lu.se/kultsem/pdf/BLM_Sonesson.pdf
date added to LUP
2007-12-07 15:35:31
date last changed
2016-06-29 08:55:36
@inbook{00e74dd1-3561-4209-8be2-cea1577b280d,
  abstract     = {Unlike in much of the contemporary discussion of embodiment, phenomenology is really involved with the body as a kind of meaning appearing to consciousness; and it does not only attend to the body of the biological organism, but also to the kind of organism-independent artefacts which are required by some sign systems. Because it is concerned with meaning, phenomenology is akin to semiotics. From the point of view of the latter discipline, however, signs must be distinguished from other meanings, and clear criteria are needed for doing so. At least one such criterion can by found in the work of Piaget: differentiation. Meaning in the more general sense of organisation and selection is at the basis of the common sense world, and thus accounts for what is known in Cognitive Linguistics as “image schemas”. Cognitive Linguistics, just as biosemiotics, ignores this important distinction. Moreover, some cognitive linguists seem to deny the distinction between organism and environment, which must prevail if “image schemas” are to be acquired, along the lines of earlier conceptions of schematisation. On the basis of these considerations, a developmental sequence can be suggested going from schemas to signs and organism-independent artefacts.},
  author       = {Sonesson, Göran},
  editor       = {Jordan, Zlatev and Tom, Zimke and R, Frank},
  isbn         = {978-3-11-019327-5},
  issn         = {1861-4132},
  keyword      = {embodiment,sign,body,semiotic function,evolution,semiotics,ecology,phenomenology,memory,picture,Lifeworld},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {85--128},
  publisher    = {Mouton de Gruyter},
  series       = {Body, Language and Mind. Vol 1. Embodiment},
  title        = {From the meaning of embodiment to the embodiment of meaning},
  volume       = {I},
  year         = {2007},
}