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Engaging with human sociality: Thoughts on communication and embodiment

Engaging with human sociality: Thoughts on communication and embodiment In introducing the term ‘human sociality’into the social sciences lexicon, schol- ars such as Levinson and Enfield attempt to bring together several emergent tendencies. First, what they propose is part of a general move in the study of communication away from a dominant focus on language (phonology, syntax, morphology and lexis). For some time now, the study of communication in terms of language has been complemented by a growing interest in pragmatics, i.e. the study of how individuals accomplish goals drawing on the communicative resources at their disposal in ways deemed legitimate and appropriate in so- ciocultural contexts. More recently, further additions to language have come to the fore in the study of communication, most notably the growing interest in the communicative resources deployed in different communicative contexts. In particular, there has been a good deal of work on how semiotic resources, such as facial expression, gaze, stance, position and so on, come together as semantic assemblages in ongoing communication. In addition, human sociality is about how human activity, and indeed the very being of human beings, is biologically grounded and cognitively mediated. Thus, in any understanding of the social, it is worth bearing in mind (1) how communicative http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Applied Linguistics Review de Gruyter

Engaging with human sociality: Thoughts on communication and embodiment

Applied Linguistics Review , Volume 1 (2010): 22 – Jun 14, 2010

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de Gruyter
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10.1515/9783110222654.45
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Abstract

In introducing the term ‘human sociality’into the social sciences lexicon, schol- ars such as Levinson and Enfield attempt to bring together several emergent tendencies. First, what they propose is part of a general move in the study of communication away from a dominant focus on language (phonology, syntax, morphology and lexis). For some time now, the study of communication in terms of language has been complemented by a growing interest in pragmatics, i.e. the study of how individuals accomplish goals drawing on the communicative resources at their disposal in ways deemed legitimate and appropriate in so- ciocultural contexts. More recently, further additions to language have come to the fore in the study of communication, most notably the growing interest in the communicative resources deployed in different communicative contexts. In particular, there has been a good deal of work on how semiotic resources, such as facial expression, gaze, stance, position and so on, come together as semantic assemblages in ongoing communication. In addition, human sociality is about how human activity, and indeed the very being of human beings, is biologically grounded and cognitively mediated. Thus, in any understanding of the social, it is worth bearing in mind (1) how communicative

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Applied Linguistics Reviewde Gruyter

Published: Jun 14, 2010

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