Understanding Complex Systems

Complexity Perspectives on Language, Communication and Society

Editors: Massip-Bonet, Àngels, Bastardas-Boada, Albert (Eds.)

  • Presents recent research in sociolinguistics and communication and applications to dynamics of language forms and structures, meaning, interpersonal communication, education and socialization
  • Presents general ideas and models of complexity and socio-complexity
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The “language-communication-society” triangle defies traditional scientific approaches. Rather, it is a phenomenon that calls for an integration of complex, transdisciplinary perspectives, if we are to make any progress in understanding how it works. The highly diverse agents in play are not merely cognitive and/or cultural, but also emotional and behavioural in their specificity. Indeed, the effort may require building a theoretical and methodological body of knowledge that can effectively convey the characteristic properties of phenomena in human terms.

New complexity approaches allow us to rethink our limited and mechanistic images of human societies and create more appropriate emo-cognitive dynamic and holistic models. We have to enter into dialogue with the complexity views coming out of other more ‘material’ sciences, but we also need to take steps in the linguistic and psycho-sociological fields towards creating perspectives and concepts better fitted to human characteristics.

Our understanding of complexity is different – but not opposed – to the one that is more commonly found in texts written by people working in physics or computer science, for example. The goal of this book is to extend the knowledge of these other more ‘human’ or socially oriented perspectives on complexity, taking account of the language and communication singularities of human agents in society.

 

 

Our understanding of complexity is different – but not opposed – to the one that is more commonly found in texts written by people working in physics or computer science, for example. The goal of this book is to extend the knowledge of these other more ‘human’ or socially oriented perspectives on complexity, taking account of the language and communication singularities of human agents in society.

 

 

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Massip-Bonet, Àngels (et al.)

    Pages 1-2

  • Facing Complexity: Prediction vs. Adaptation

    Gershenson, Carlos

    Pages 3-14

  • Sociolinguistics: Towards a Complex Ecological View

    Bastardas-Boada, Albert

    Pages 15-34

  • Language as a Complex Adaptive System: Towards an Integrative Linguistics

    Massip-Bonet, Àngels

    Pages 35-60

  • An Experientially-Based Informationless Communication

    Vilarroya, Òscar

    Pages 61-73

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Complexity Perspectives on Language, Communication and Society
Editors
  • Àngels Massip-Bonet
  • Albert Bastardas-Boada
Series Title
Understanding Complex Systems
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-32817-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-32817-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-32816-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-43961-2
Series ISSN
1860-0832
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 256
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