ERIC Number: EJ947287
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
Vygotsky, Consciousness, and the German Psycholinguistic Tradition
Leitch, David G.
Mind, Culture, and Activity, v18 n4 p305-318 2011
This article argues that Vygotsky's choice of word meaning as the basic unit of analysis for cultural psychology connects him to a German psycholinguistic tradition--exemplified in the work of G. W. F. Hegel and J. G. Herder--distinct from the Marxist tradition. While later commentators criticize Vygotsky's reliance on word meaning, arguing that it cannot explain the formation of consciousness, this German psycholinguistic tradition provides intellectual resources for rethinking the relationship between language and consciousness. Consciousness, through this model, arises from linguistic interactions, and is therefore not separable from language. Thus, word meaning encapsulates consciousness itself, not just its mediation in the world.
Descriptors: Psycholinguistics, Semantics, Vocabulary Development, Foreign Countries, Correlation, Criticism, Cognitive Processes, Interpersonal Communication
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Germany