What sort of minded being has language? Anticpatory dynamics, arguability and agency in a normatively and recursively self-transforming learning system

Part 2


  • Paul J. Thibault Adger University College




affordance, agent, anticipatory dynamics, discourse, cognition


Part 2 is a direct continuation of Part 1, which was published in Linguistics and the Human Sciences (2005) Volume 1(2). The numbering of the sections and the figures and tables continues directly from Part 1. The two parts should therefore be read as a single overall article. In Part 2, I consider some specific instances of learning system involving humans and bonobos in relation to the theoretical issues discussed in Part 1. In Part 2, the implications of the systemic-functional theory of language for a unified view of cognition and semiosis as distributed activity on diverse time-scales are further discussed in the light of the issues that are discussed above.

Author Biography

Paul J. Thibault, Adger University College

Professor of Linguistics and Media Communication, Faculty of Humanities, Agder University College, Kristiansand, Norway


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How to Cite

Thibault, P. J. (2007). What sort of minded being has language? Anticpatory dynamics, arguability and agency in a normatively and recursively self-transforming learning system: Part 2. Linguistics and the Human Sciences, 1(3), 355–401. https://doi.org/10.1558/lhs.2005.1.3.355