Research Clusters

Both languages and languaging can be traced to human co-action: they result from a long history that has shaped human culture, perception and action. While embodied, our doings have a verbal aspect that is inseparable from other cultural resources. Language is activity in which words play a part and therefore inherently indeterminate. It arises in an environment where biological and cultural events are integrated with dialogue and human projects that draw on experience, development, history and evolution.

Many diverse and overlapping interests reflect the DLG perspective on language. Unusually, we do not endorse any particular theory or rely on any foundational texts. Today, having established the perspective, we are pursuing its methodological, applied and theoretical implications. This is being done though research clusters that bring together sub-communities of researchers from within and also from beyond the DLG. These cover a range of disciplines while, in typical cases, being focused by the research of an individual, a lab (or network of labs). In line with our collective view of human life, the clusters will self-organize around their members’ concerns. Currently, most are under construction. However, Distributed cognition andDistributed health interaction are already well established and so, by using the links, you can get a sense of how they may work.

Languaging and agency

Distributed cognition

Dynamical psycholinguistics

Language and life

Values, language, & Social Perception-Action

DLG (China)


Distributed Health Interaction

Writing and new social literacies

Sociological cognition

Second language development

Distributed cognition and language origin