What happens when two Autopoietic systems perturb one another over a period of time?
This is the basis for language: behavioural coordination through mutual and recursive structural change.
An interesting thought is that under this theory, language necessarily arises given certain sorts of agents. ‘Behavioural coordination’ is used to reflect the way in which two mutually perturbing systems affect one another’s structure, which in turn affects the sort of behaviour that they manifest. ‘Recursive’ is used to reflect an ongoing cycle, where each structural state of each of the systems arises as a result of the cumulative effects of all the previous interactions. Maturana and Varela use the term ‘languaging’ to capture the nature of language as an ongoing and situated activity.