Simplexity, languages and human languaging

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Building on a distributed perspective, the Special Issue develops Alain Berthoz’s concept of simplexity. By so doing, neurophysiology is used to reach beyond observable and, specifically, 1st-order languaging. While simplexity clarifies how language uses perception/action, a community’s ‘lexicon’ (a linguistic 2nd order) also shapes human powers. People use global constraints to make and construe wordings and bring a social/individual duality to human living. Within a field of perception-action-language, the phenomenology of ‘words’ and ‘things’ drives people to sustain their own experience. Simplex tricks used in building bodies co-function with action that grants humans access to en-natured culture where, together, they build human knowing.
Original languageEnglish
JournalLanguage Sciences
Pages (from-to)4-7
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Cognitive linguistics
  • Distributed language
  • Enaction
  • Languaging
  • Phenomenology
  • Simplexity

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