Semiotic Mediation, Dialogue and the Construction of Knowledge

  title={Semiotic Mediation, Dialogue and the Construction of Knowledge},
  author={Gordon Wells},
  journal={Human Development},
  pages={244 - 274}
  • G. Wells
  • Published 1 September 2007
  • Psychology
  • Human Development
Both Vygotsky, a psychologist, and Halliday, a social linguist, argue for the central role of language in human development. Language is the principal mode of meaning making; it mediates both the communication through which thinking with others is made possible and also the inner speech through which individual thinking is brought under conscious control. I develop this central claim by drawing on the writings of Vygotsky and Bakhtin, as well as those of their colleagues and followers to argue… 
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