Lezing "The role of the mother tongue in early identifications and different aspects of language in the analytic encounter."

07/06/2018 - 14:34

Christine Franckx te Moskou, March 27th 2018

The study of language as a development within primary object relationships, the advanced neuroscientific research on early infancy and the importance of the mother tongue and its vicissitudes in circumstances of migration, colonisation and historical events have become important subjects in the 20th and will continue to be even more so in the 21st century.

When a baby acquires the cacacity to organize vocal signals in a purposeful way in order to communicate his intentions, his feelings and ideas, this marks a definite step in his development: he has become a child and gives proof of a capacity to think. This is not a minor thing and we can all think of cases of less successful outcomes, where language is not developing smoothly, does not seem to be the source of a social interaction and last but not least does not seem to be an indication of real thinking. …

….The primary attachment relationship is the basis for the infants survival and the way language enters this exchange cannot be but deterministic for the further personality development.

Language has 2 components: an analogical communication aspect, that is infraverbal and connected to the perceptive aspects, and a digital communication aspect, referring to the meaning of the words. We could also think that language has a containing, envelopping significance, as well as a content-related importance.