Rethinking Language, Mind, and World Dialogically

By:
Per Linell, University of Linköping, Sweden

A volume in the series: Advances in Cultural Psychology: Constructing Human Development. Editor(s): Jaan Valsiner, Niels Bohr Professor of Cultural Psychology, Aalborg University.

Published 2009

Per Linell took his degree in linguistics and is currently professor of language and culture, with a specialisation on communication and spoken interaction, at the University of Linköping, Sweden. He has been instrumental in building up an internationally renowned interdisciplinary graduate school in communication studies in Linköping. He has worked for many years on developing a dialogical alternative to mainstream theories in linguistics, psychology and social sciences. His production comprises more than 100 articles on dialogue, talk-in-interaction and institutional discourse. His more recent books include Approaching Dialogue (1998), The Written Language Bias in Linguistics (2005) and Dialogue in Focus Groups (2007, with I. Marková, M. Grossen and A. Salazar Orvig).

CONTENTS
Series Editor's Introduction: Rethinking Dialogicality: Solidity of Theory Amidst of the Flow of Dialogues, Jaan Valsiner. Preface and Overview. PART I: INTO THE WORLD OF DIALOGICAL CONCEPTS. Chapter 1: Conceptual and Terminological Preliminaries: Dialogue, Dialogism, Dialogicality. Chapter 2: Dialogism and Its Axiomatic Assumptions. Chapter 3: Monologism. Chapter 4: Situations And Situation-Transcending Practices. PART II: SOCIAL MINDS: SELVES, OTHERS AND THE INTER-WORLD. Chapter 5: Dialogue and The Other. Chapter 6: The Dialogical Self. Chapter 7: A Relational Interworld Beyond Individual Minds. PART III: SENSE-MAKING: INTERACTIONS, COMMUNICATIVE PROJECTS, UTTERANCES AND TEXTS. Chapter 8: Monological and Dialogical Practices. Chapter 9: Social Interaction and Power. Chapter 10: Meaning and Understanding. Chapter 11: Signs and Representations As Dialogical Entities. Chapter 12: Dynamics and Potentialities of Sense-Making: Developmental Aspects. PART IV: LANGUAGING: EMBODIMENT AND SOCIAL EMBEDDING. Chapter 13: Rethinking Language in Dialogical Terms. Chapter 14: Dialogue and Grammar: Methods for Constructing Utterances. Chapter 15: Dialogue and Lexicology: Meaning Potentials of Lexical Resources. Chapter 16: Dialogue and Artefacts. Chapter 17: Dialogue and The Brain. PART V: DIALOGICAL THEORIES – CONVERGENCES AND DIVERGENCES. Chapter 18: Dialogism and The Scientific Enterprise. Chapter 19: Monologism and Dialogism: Summary with Some Historical Flashbacks. Chapter 20: Some Misinterpretations of Dialogism. Chapter 21: Epilogue. References.

REVIEWS
"This is a remarkable and highly original work on dialogism, dialogical theories and dialogue. With his erudite and broadly based scholarship Per Linell makes a path-breaking contribution to the study of the human mind, presenting a novel alternative to traditional monologism and exploring the dynamics of sense-making in different forms of interaction and communicative projects. Although Per Linell discusses complex dialogical concepts, the text is written with exceptional clarity, taking the reader through critique as well as appreciation of great intellectual traditions of our time." Ivana Marková University of Stirling

"Per Linell's Rethinking Language, Mind And World Dialogically represents a landmark in the development ofa transdisciplinary dialogically based paradigm for the human sciences. The author´s lucid analysis and constructive rethinking ranges all the way from integrating explanations of significant empirical contributions across the entire range of human sciences dealing with language, thought and communication to foundational, epistemological and ontological issues." Ragnar Rommetveit University of Oslo, Norway