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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

Categories I: Language and Perception
Categories I: Language and perception

The previous chapter, on emotion discourse, introduced the idea that talk and text deploy conceptual resources. Whatever discourse does, it does it with resources that are to some extent ready-made and available for use, ‘already “there”, deeply entrenched in culture +and language’ (Bruner, 1990: 11). The focus of this chapter and the next is on word meanings. The aim is to explore some ways in which words, considered as conceptual resources for talk, ‘categorize’ mental experience and the external world. This opening paragraph is full of just the kinds of conceptual categories at issue, including the presumption that there are three separate realms: linguistic meanings, mental experience, and external reality. Perhaps not all cultures and languages ...

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