1996
DOI: 10.1177/1354067x9600200307
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Abstract: Tomasello disagrees with my position that language is the only human artefact that potentiates internalization. Tomasello's position seems to imply that language can be only verbal. My position is that every object or behavioural act is a symbol if it has all of the following characteristics: symbol must be an object or phenomenon that can be directly perceived through sense organs; meaning of symbols must be shared by organisms; symbols must refer to objects, events or phenomena; it must be possible to use a … Show more

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“…Every cultural sign (or Bsymbol^; the term that can be used synonymously with Bsign^in this context) is defined by four characteristics (Toomela 1996b). First, a sign must be an object, behavioural act or phenomenon that can be directly perceived through sensory organs.…”
Section: Hpfs Are Mediated By Symbolsmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Every cultural sign (or Bsymbol^; the term that can be used synonymously with Bsign^in this context) is defined by four characteristics (Toomela 1996b). First, a sign must be an object, behavioural act or phenomenon that can be directly perceived through sensory organs.…”
Section: Hpfs Are Mediated By Symbolsmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…I show why semiotic mediation in Vygotskian-but not necessarily Vygotsky's, because we need to go beyond him-sense can emerge only in the social environment. Many of the ideas presented next have been discussed elsewhere as well (Toomela, 1996a(Toomela, , 1996b(Toomela, , 2003. 8…”
Section: The Fundamental Epistemological Differences Between Vygotskimentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Language is a social phenomenon, when using language, humans are using symbols (words, charts, diagrams, etc. ) either in ways or in contexts that are different from ways or contexts of utilization of symbol referents (Toomela 1996b). This ability allows humans to build hypotheses about the world beyond senses, to process information in a qualitatively novel way-a way that seems unavailable to any other species inhabiting the earth (Kikas 2003;Toomela 1996aToomela , 2003a.…”
Section: Social Processes In Collaborationmentioning
confidence: 99%