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`For those already familiar with discursive work it will be a joy - Edwards writes with enormous clarity and insight. For psychologists whose work involves an understanding of the relations between language and cognition this book will be essential reading.... This is a demanding book that will repay close attention. It can also be dipped into as a resource for the brilliant reworkings of traditional psychological topic areas, such as emotion, language, cognition, categories, AI, narrative, scripts and developmental psychology. If you want a glimpse into the future of psychology, get this book - the end of cognitivism starts here' - History and Philosophy of Psychology The central project of this mult
Chapter 4: Talk as Action
Talk as Action
The approach to language taken in this book is that it is, in the first instance, a medium of social action rather than a code for representing thoughts and ideas, as psychologists have generally conceived it, or a grammatical system, as linguists generally conceive it. Of course, language does code knowledge and experience (the sense in which this is so is taken up in subsequent chapters), and is also properly studied in terms of grammatical categories and rules. The claim that it is social action ‘in the first instance’, or primarily, is an assumption about what humans are doing in possession of such a system. It has been argued, from a variety of perspectives (for example, Bruner, 1983; Halliday, 1970; ...