The overiding goal of tagmemic inquiry is a movement
toward an emic understanding of a text or experience. Emicity
and Eticity are thus defined:
ETICITY: surface, distant, reality-as-appearance,
outsider objectivity. Initial etic inquiry typically yields particles whose
wave or field relationships (i.e., situatedness) to other particles are
undetected, indistinct, or ambiguous and which must be identified before
progress can be made toward emic understanding.
EMICITY: deeper, reality-as-experience,
insider-subjectivity. Etic inquiry, informed by incrementally
more accurate and comprehensive account of particles as understood and
experienced within wave/field realationships by insiders, yields ever closer
approximation of alien meaning.
2.1 SIX STARTING POINTS
A. Tagmemic Discourse Theory (TDT) searches for
a natural way into a text or experience (i.e., looks for the appropriate
tagmeme , or unit-in-context, that will provide fruitful pathways
of inquiry to discover other features of the phenomenon under investigation)
SUPPOSITION: One needs or must want to
find a way in and brings along a finite set of goals.