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Économie symbolique et phylogenèse du langage

Abstract : We suggest a prospective scenario of emergence and evolution of language which radically differs from the dominant neo-darwinian stance. The guiding principle is that of a synergy between various symbolic forms and activities. Starting with the analogy between money and language, viewed as ‘general equivalents', we define a model of Symbolic Economies which features the gradual unfolding of semiotic forms mediating the differentiation of social groups, roles and values. The aim is to account for the shared origin of practical and fictional dimensions of social life, where the ritualisation of behaviour goes hand in hand with the development of semiotic games and genres (especially of narrative kind).
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Jean Lassègue, Victor Rosenthal, Yves-Marie Visetti. Économie symbolique et phylogenèse du langage. L'Homme - Revue française d'anthropologie, Éditions de l'EHESS 2009, 192, pp.67-100. ⟨halshs-00325054⟩



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