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ERIC Number: ED355567
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Feb-3
Pages: 32
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Capta versus Data: Method and Evidence in Communicology.
Lanigan, Richard L.
Arguing that all language is communication, but very little communication is language, this paper explores questions of method and evidence in the human science practice of communicology. The first part of the paper analyzes the dialectical question of methodology in which method as procedure is implicated with thought (logos) as judgment per se, i.e., a system outside the observer. The paper then examines the issue of what is manifest in appearance, that is, the dialectic relation of what is thought (data) and what is lived (capta) as the experience of consciousness. To illustrate the analysis, the paper uses a classic research report in the history of cognitive development, namely, A. R. Luria's ethnographic (not ethnomethodological) use of evidence from discourse practice gathered in a 1931-1932 study in Uzbekistan and Kirghizia in the Soviet Union. The paper also uses another ethnographic instrument, namely, a picture puzzle widely distributed in the United States to parents for purposes of assessing their children's cognitive development through linguistic meaning. A figure representing the comparative research procedure involving the order of experience and the order of analysis, and a figure of the "Giggles 'n Games" exemplar are included. (Contains 19 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: USSR