Re: ANTHRO-L Digest - 4 Apr 1996 to 5 Apr 1996

Dr. John D. OBrien (bd040@YFN.YSU.EDU)
Sat, 6 Apr 1996 16:08:09 -0500

Commenting on Matt's discussion of `meanings' - I disagree . . . there is a
new body of literature coming out that deals with the discrenment of meaning
cross-culturally. Relevant names are David R. Heise, Alex Durig, Andreas
Schneider, Neil MacKinnon et al. Heise has a beautiful little computer program
called INTERACT (query the author at which has data bases
from five or so cultures . . . and works off of principles laid out in Affect
Control Theory . . . . MacKinnon has an interesting new book "Affect Control
Theory as Symbolic Interaction." which should be required reading for any
body interested in meaning systems.

Durig will have a book out soon (if not already) specifically dealing with
meaning systems.

Sceptical or not, it actually can be done to a limited degree.

John O'Brien

John D. O'Brien, Ph. D.
P. O. Box 5882
Youngstown, Ohio 44504-0882