This article shows how people dynamically make sense of new words in social encounters, which is an unorthodox perspective on neologism. The article relies on inductive analysis of a case study of mundane conversation, in which a new term is introduced. The data is collected following the integrational principle of first-order perspective (Harris 1996, Davis 2001). Following Vygotsky (1978), Wertch & Stone (1978), and Gutiérrez (2008) this article will argue that the intersubjective sense-making process of the new word can be viewed as social microgenesis, thus showing aspects of reflection. This leads to a discussion of the relation between social microgenesis and ‘knowing’ the word (i.e. conventionalization), and thus the relation between first-order languaging and second-order language construct (Thibault 2011).
|Title of host publication||Creativity and Continuity : Perspectives on the Dynamics of Language Conventionalisation|
|Editors||Dorthe Duncker, Bettina Perregaard|
|Place of Publication||Copenhagen|
|Publication date||15. Mar 2017|
|Publication status||Published - 15. Mar 2017|
- Social Microgenesis, Integrationism, Neologism, Distributed Language and Cognition