Enclosing and Disclosing Worlds

Paul Kockelman

in Agent, Person, Subject, Self

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199926985
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980512 | DOI:

Series: Foundations of Human Interaction

Enclosing and Disclosing Worlds

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Returning to the notion of semiotic ontologies introduced in chapter 1, this chapter focuses on the relations between three kinds that may be loosely described as material substances (e.g. gold, plastic, bacteria, and snowflakes), social statuses (e.g. vagabonds, uncles, sellers, and addressees), and mental states (e.g. beliefs, desires, hopes, and fears). In particular, it treats such kinds as (projected) propensities for being that admit to interpretive reasoning. It analyzes the ways such kinds get indexed and inferred, constructed and naturalized, transformed and stabilized, and more generally enclosed and disclosed in interaction. And it widens the notion of interaction to include not only the relations between people, but also the relations between things, and the relations between people and things (and anything outside or in-between).

Keywords: knowledge; power; kind; social construction; inference; semiosis

Chapter.  25449 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Psycholinguistics

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