Internalized Interaction: The Specular Development of Language and the Symbolic Order

40 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2007 Last revised: 24 Dec 2007

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

This paper expounds a symbolic interactionist theory of consciousness as an emergent phenomenon. It relates Michael Arbib's theory of the origin of language and Erving Goffman's frame analysis, especially as it bears on our understanding of the subject and of personal experience. Reflexivity and fictional mimesis are shown to be inherent to the origin of language and to the continuing emergent creativity of human communicative action. The emergent aspect of consciousness is also dealt with from the perspective of a narrative theory of subjective experience and of human temporality which can usefully complement and relate Arbib's and Goffman's views.

Keywords: Subject, Consciousness, Interaction, Communication, Language, Psychology, Frames, Arbib, Goffman, Reflexivity, Representation

Suggested Citation

Garcia Landa, Jose Angel, Internalized Interaction: The Specular Development of Language and the Symbolic Order (2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1073782 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1073782

Jose Angel Garcia Landa (Contact Author)

Universidad de Zaragoza ( email )

Gran Via 2
Zaragoza, 50005
Spain

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