In much the same way, as a society with a common set of understandings regarding language and signs, we can also write the word "car" and in the context of Australia and other English speaking nations, know what it symbolises and is trying to represent.[26]. Conventional symbols such as "horse" and caballo, which prescribe qualities of sound or appearance for their instances (for example, individual instances of the word "horse" on the page) are based on what amounts to arbitrary stipulation. Each trichotomy is divided according to the phenomenological category involved: Firstness (quality of feeling, essentially monadic), secondness (reaction or resistance, essentially dyadic), or thirdness (representation or mediation, essentially triadic).[21]. To overcome these problems requires the use of more than a single source: of history books other than textbooks and of a rich variety of historical documents and artifacts that present alternative voices, accounts, and interpretations or perspectives on the past. What types of historical representation matter in the current moment? More example sentences. This definition of political representation is consistent with a wide variety of views on what representing implies and what the duties of representatives are. Finally, well-written historical narratives can also alert students to the traps of lineality and inevitability. Mitchell, W. 1995, "Representation", in F Lentricchia & T McLaughlin (eds),