ERIC Number: ED061794
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: 0
Meaning in Cross-Cultural Situations: An Application of Vygotsky's Unit of Analysis to Ethnolinguistics.
The problem of meaning in cross-cultural situations, resulting from differing patterns of thought, requires comprehension of the basic rules or patterns of these thought systems. This comprehension can be sought through Vygotsky's unit of analysis, a unit being a product of analysis which, unlike elements, retains all the basic properties of the whole and which cannot be further divided without losing them. Syntactical rules found in patterns of expression can furnish only partial clues to the thought of the encoder. Interfunctional relations between thought and language cannot be established through an analysis of the components of verbal thought. A mechanical approach, uncovering only thought and word, destroys the whole to describe its elements whose characteristics are in no way similar to those of the whole. (Author/VM)
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Authoring Institution: Pacific Northwest Conference on Foreign Languages, Portland, OR.
Note: In "Proceedings of the Pacific Northwest Conference on Foreign Languages" (Twenty-second Annual Meeting, Boise, Idaho, April 16-17, 1971) p234-245