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Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies / Revue de l'Association Internationale de Sémiotique

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Volume 2006, Issue 162 (Sep 2006)


Representations of the world: Memories, perceptions, beliefs, intentions, and plans

Paul Kockelman
Published Online: 2006-10-26 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/SEM.2006.074


‘Mental states’ are retheorized from the standpoint of social statuses (qua commitments and entitlements to signify and interpret in particular ways) and speech acts (qua signs with propositional contents). Using ideas developed in ‘The semiotic stance’ (2005a), it theorizes five interrelated semiotic processes that are usually understood in a psychological idiom: memories, perceptions, beliefs, intentions, and plans. It uses this theory to account for the key features of human-specific modes of intentionality (or ‘theory of mind’), as well as the key dimensions along which culture-specific modes of intentionality may vary (or ‘ethnopsychologies’). And it theorizes ‘emotion’ in terms of a framework that bridges the distinction between social constructions and natural kinds.

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Paul Kockelman

Paul Kockelman (b. 1974). His research interests include linguistic anthropology, social and semiotic mediation of subjectivity, and economy and society. His major publications include ‘The interclausal relations hierarchy in Q'eqchi'- Maya’ (2003); ‘The meaning of interjections in Q'eqchi'-Maya: From emotive reaction to social and discursive action’ (2003); ‘Stance and subjectivity’ (2004); and ‘Psychological depth is the internalization of dialogical breadth: Modal clitics and mental states in Q'eqchi'- Maya’ (2005).

Published Online: 2006-10-26

Published in Print: 2006-09-01

Citation Information: Semiotica, ISSN (Online) 1613-3692, ISSN (Print) 0037-1998, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/SEM.2006.074.

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