Consciousness and Linguistic Competency: Making Interdisciplinary Choices
A difficult problem for interdisciplinary study is deciding what constructs from other fields will comport well with the concerns of one's own academic area. Consciousness is a crucial concept for any discipline concerned with human behavior, but is particularly problematic for human communication scholars since it is not a primitive concept for speech communication. This essay advocates choosing a conception of consciousness that reflects the active role of language in shaping human consciousness and is presented in the theories of Vygotsky and Luria. The author suggests that such a perspective would be more practical and heuristic for communication studies than others currently being advanced since assessments of linguistic competency could then be used to investigate human consciousness.
Vocate, Donna R. "Consciousness and Linguistic Competency: Making Interdisciplinary Choices." Issues in Integrative Studies 9 (1991): 35-48.
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