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Forthcoming research seminars
Research Seminar: Professor Harry Daniels
Everyday Matters that Matter
This presentation will focus on the mediational properties of everydayness Discourse may mediate human action in different ways. There is visible (Bernstein, 2000) or explicit (Wertsch, 2007) mediation in which the deliberate incorporation of signs into human action is seen as a means of reorganising that action. This contrasts with invisible or implicit mediation that involves signs, especially natural language, whose primary function is IN communications which are part of a pre-existing, independent stream of communicative action that becomes integrated with other forms of goal-directed behaviour (Wertsch, 2007). Invisible semiotic mediation occurs in discourse embedded in everyday ordinary activities of a social subject's life.
I will discuss and illustrate these matters with examples drawn from empirical research
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