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Embodiment, language and mimesis

Zlatev, Jordan LU (2007) In Body, Language, Mind. Vol 1: Embodiment p.297-337
Abstract
The present focus on embodiment in cognitive science undervalues concepts such as convention/norm, representation and consciousness. I argue that these concepts constitute essential properties of language, and this makes it problematic for “embodiment theories” to account for human language and cognition. These difficulties are illustrated by examining a particular, highly influential approach to embodied cognition, that of Lakoff and Johnson (1999), and exposing the problematic character of the notion of the “cognitive unconscious”. To attempt a reconciliation between embodiment and language, I turn to the concept of (bodily) mimesis, and propose the notion of mimetic schema as a mediator between the individual human body and collective... (More)
The present focus on embodiment in cognitive science undervalues concepts such as convention/norm, representation and consciousness. I argue that these concepts constitute essential properties of language, and this makes it problematic for “embodiment theories” to account for human language and cognition. These difficulties are illustrated by examining a particular, highly influential approach to embodied cognition, that of Lakoff and Johnson (1999), and exposing the problematic character of the notion of the “cognitive unconscious”. To attempt a reconciliation between embodiment and language, I turn to the concept of (bodily) mimesis, and propose the notion of mimetic schema as a mediator between the individual human body and collective language. (Less)
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consciousness, bodily mimesis, conventions, mimetic schemas, representation
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Body, Language, Mind. Vol 1: Embodiment
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Ziemke, Tom; Zlatev, Jordan; Franck, Roslyn; ; and
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297 - 337
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Mouton de Gruyter
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1861-4132
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English
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  title        = {Embodiment, language and mimesis},
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