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The structuralist heritage in linguistics continues to obscure the essential properties of natural language as an empirical phenomenon. It is argued that the new framework of autopoiesis possesses a greater explanatory power, as it assumes the connotational na-ture of language. The key notions of representation, sign and signification, interpreta-tion, intentionality and communication, and reciprocal causality, approached from the autopoietic angle, allow for deeper insights into the essence of language which is as a kind of adaptive behavior of an organism involving a system constituted by signs of signs.

Item Type:Other
Keywords:sign, signification, interpretation, intentionality, communication, reciprocal causality
Subjects:Philosophy > Philosophy of Language
Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
ID Code:4008
Deposited By: Kravchenko, Professor Alexander
Deposited On:28 Dec 2004
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:55

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