Posted in Bateson language play

This is Play

This is the title of an article (Stephen Nachmanovitch, New Literary History, Vol. 40, No. 1, Winter, 2009), pp. 1-24.) about play in general, but specifically about Gregory Bateson’s theoretical approach to it – involving studies…

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Posted in family language

Cultural Minimum

There are many thoughtful and suggestive definitions of “culture,” but I can’t remember any thoughts about the minimum. What is necessary and/or sufficient about a given set of circumstances for it to be rightly called…

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Posted in family history language writing

Family Lexicon

I thought of the phrase “family lexicon” independently, in connection with an idea that certain words or phrases, through repetition and association, build family ties, establish identity. I also suspect that some words — possibly…

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