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Enaction and Neurophenomenology in Language

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This chapter situates the conception of language (and communication) in enaction in the context of the research program of the cognitive sciences. It focuses on the formulation of the synthesis of hermeneutics and speech acts and the vision of language according to the metaphor of structural coupling. The exclusion of expressive speech acts in this design is problematized. An examination is offered of the critical steps to the theory of language as a reflection and the linguistic correspondence of cognitivism. We examine the foundations of the proposal in the line of language and social enaction as emergent phenomena which are not reducible to autopoiesis but which constitute a new neurophenomenological position in the pragmatic language dimension. A proposal is made for the integration of hermeneutic phenomenology with genetic and generative phenomenology in social semiotics. The inclusion of expressive speech acts based on the functions of language in the Habermas–Bühler line is also addressed. An opening is proposed of enaction to the expressive dimension of language and meaning holism with the referential use of language.

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    In the context of Bühler’s theory of language, the expressive functions are not representational but symbolic. Bühler also categorizes the body under the expressive function of language.

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    In therapeutic conversation, during change episodes, expressive self-references, as performative uses in first person, present indicative, have been observed as constitutive parts of the change moment [105], p. 55–58.

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Arístegui, R. (2017). Enaction and Neurophenomenology in Language. In: Ibáñez, A., Sedeño, L., García, A. (eds) Neuroscience and Social Science. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-68421-5_20

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