Article published in:Distributed Language
Edited by Stephen J. Cowley
[Pragmatics & Cognition 17:3] 2009
► pp. 653–676
Symbols as constraints
The structuring role of dynamics and self-organization in natural language
The paper draws a parallel between natural language symbols and the symbolic mode in living systems. The inextricability of symbols and the dynamics with which they are functionally related shows that much of their structuring is due to dynamics and self-organization. It is also stressed that important factors that determine the shape of language structure lie outside individual mind/brains and they draw on time-scales quite different from those of phenomenological experience. Analysis of language into units and subsystems is thus not straightforward, since they show functionality on many levels and many time-scales. Finally it is recognized that, as a specific and specialized system of inter-individual coordination, natural language is many hierarchical levels away form simpler forms of information transmission in biological systems.
Keywords: symbol, symbolic structure, constraints, control, measurement, dynamics, natural language
Published online: 02 December 2009
Cited by 32 other publications
Acuña-Fariña, J. Carlos
Cowley, Stephen & Luarina Nash
Deacon, Terrence W. & Joanna Rączaszek-Leonardi
Fusaroli, Riccardo, Joanna Rączaszek-Leonardi & Kristian Tylén
Kimmel, Michael, Dayana Hristova & Kerstin Kussmaul
Kimmel, Michael & Christine Irran
Loaiza, Juan M., Sarah B. Trasmundi & Sune V. Steffensen
Nölle, Jonas, Riccardo Fusaroli, Gregory J. Mills & Kristian Tylén
Rohlfing, Katharina J. & Iris Nomikou
Rączaszek-Leonardi, Joanna, Iris Nomikou, Katharina J. Rohlfing & Terrence W. Deacon
Steffensen, Sune Vork
Steffensen, Sune Vork
Steffensen, Sune Vork & Alwin Fill
Taylor, Talbot J. & Jasper C. van den Herik
Tison, Remi & Pierre Poirier
Van Den Herik, Jasper C.
van den Herik, Jasper C.
Wacewicz, Sławomir & Przemysław Żywiczyński
Waters, Dennis P.
Worgan, Simon F.
Zubek, Julian, Michał Denkiewicz, Agnieszka Dębska, Alicja Radkowska, Joanna Komorowska-Mach, Piotr Litwin, Magdalena Stępień, Adrianna Kucińska, Ewa Sitarska, Krystyna Komorowska, Riccardo Fusaroli, Kristian Tylén & Joanna Rączaszek-Leonardi
This list is based on CrossRef data as of 05 november 2021. Please note that it may not be complete. Sources presented here have been supplied by the respective publishers. Any errors therein should be reported to them.