A Candidate Methodology for Analyzing Meaning Making

The Natural Logic of Grize





Genetic Epistemology, Meaning making, Methodology, Natural logic, Schematization


This paper aims at presenting a candidate methodology for studying psychological processes involved in meaning making. The analysis of meaning making processes poses methodological challenges. Grize’s proposes a neo-Piagetian theory, Natural Logic, which can be used as a methodology approaching the making and the interpretation of meaning, approaching discourse as a complex process interrelating cognitive, social and cultural dimensions. The making of new meaning is nevertheless approached through language use, yet both as a creative process in choosing and assembling words together, and as an interpretative process of reasoning in listening to or reading discursive material. This paper presents some main features of a new methodology for studying meaning making and interpretation processes in psychology, and a quick introduction to its practice based on a short example of analysis. The objective is to contribute to detailed analysis of meaning making, as we find it in complex cognitive activities such as interviewing, presenting or listening to a political discourse, debating, or teaching.

Author Biography

Alaric Kohler, University of Teacher Education HEP-BEJUNE

Alaric Kohler is lecturer and researcher at the University of Teacher Education HEP-BEJUNE (Switzerland). His research centers on situations of misunderstanding, learning processes, argumentation, natural logic and communication analysis, with a focus on the coordination of points of views including semiotics, socio-cognitive psychology and Piagetian epistemology.




How to Cite

Kohler, A. (2021). A Candidate Methodology for Analyzing Meaning Making: The Natural Logic of Grize. International Review of Theoretical Psychologies, 1(2). https://doi.org/10.7146/irtp.v1i2.128021