A Glossary of Cultural Theory by Peter Brooker

By Peter Brooker

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The main point here is the role that meaning plays in regulating and bringing about the given motor behaviour qua act-token. Neurological processes therefore do not cause meaningful action. Rather, they are affordances in the sense that they constitute an information potential which is selectively reorganized on higher levels as 'meaning', in the broadest sense of the term, in the perspective of a self. As we shall see in more detail later in this study, the information potential of the lower-scalar neurological and sensor-motor dynamics (level L-l) are reorganized by the next-higher level (level L) as semiotically salient differences or relations - typological or topological - that are recognizable and interpretable for the relevant system of interpretance on level L+1.

In this account, privileged sub-personal causal agents that originate from within the biological organism are primary whereas environmental factors play no more than a subsidiary or 'triggering' role. Language is an emergent intermediate level of organization that is the result of the interaction between both higherscalar ecosocial constraints and lower-scalar biological (neurophysiological, genetic) affordances. The fact that the (phylogenetically and ontogenetically) prior topological semiotic modalities that are concerned with relationship are not transcended by language, but are integrated to and reorganized by it, requires explanation.

Gesture, on the other hand, is topological-continuous; it is based on continuous variation of visual and spatial relations. The two semiotic modalities do not simply express the same meanings by alternative means of expression. Instead, they make different meanings on the basis of their different principles of organization. Furthermore, there are no fixed, context-free meanings which language and gesture have independently of the contexts in which they are combined. This means that the two modalities can combine in many different, situation-specific ways such that their combinations produce new possibilities for meaning in different contexts.

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