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By Àngels Massip-Bonet, Albert Bastardas-Boada

The “language-communication-society” triangle defies conventional medical ways. particularly, it's a phenomenon that demands an integration of complicated, transdisciplinary views, if we're to make any growth in figuring out the way it works. The hugely diversified brokers in play aren't purely cognitive and/or cultural, but additionally emotional and behavioural of their specificity. certainly, the hassle may possibly require construction a theoretical and methodological physique of data that could successfully express the attribute houses of phenomena in human terms.

New complexity methods let us reconsider our restricted and mechanistic pictures of human societies and create extra applicable emo-cognitive dynamic and holistic versions. we need to input into discussion with the complexity perspectives popping out of alternative extra ‘material’ sciences, yet we additionally have to take steps within the linguistic and psycho-sociological fields in the direction of growing views and ideas higher suited for human characteristics.

Our figuring out of complexity is varied – yet no longer adverse – to the person who is regularly present in texts written by means of humans operating in physics or desktop technological know-how, for instance. The target of this e-book is to increase the data of those different extra ‘human’ or socially orientated views on complexity, taking account of the language and conversation singularities of human brokers in society.

Our realizing of complexity is diversified – yet now not adverse – to the person who is most of the time present in texts written by way of humans operating in physics or machine technological know-how, for instance. The aim of this booklet is to increase the information of those different extra ‘human’ or socially orientated views on complexity, taking account of the language and conversation singularities of human brokers in society.

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Bastardas-Boada orchestral score image of the language ecosystem. Then, how can this ecosystem be appropriately organised to allow its survival and, at the same time, permit intercommunication? These are vital questions for us. Is such a new organisation even possible? Clear cases of sustainable multilingualism exist. Luxembourg offers one example. This tiny country is clearly an example of how a population can be polyglot and yet experience no abandonment of its own language codes. Countries in Northern Europe traditionally pursue bilingualism in English starting early in school, but they do not abandon their own national languages.

But, despite being highly scientific, we have viewed the world in recent centuries through a fragmented, partitioned gaze that can uncover the interpenetrations and interweavings of reality only with difficulty. We were unable to think our way toward creating new images of self-co-construction and interdependence of reality. But this, after all, is exactly where we need to be headed, if we are to understand human linguistic and cognitive phenomena, which have properties that are not the same as the properties of matter.

An essential characterisation of such groups, particularly in the smallest ones, is the high degree of internal interaction that sustains them and the norms that emerge over time and become established as the collective’s own norms and, therefore, as expectations that must be followed by members of the collective or that, if established customs and ideas are not adhered to, may trigger sanctioning mechanisms. Social groups or networks fulfil the intrinsic needs of individuals for emotional connection and solidarity, and this gives them a degree of influence that should not be underestimated.

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