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Language's role in enabling abstract, logical thought

Hampton, J. A. (2002). Language's role in enabling abstract, logical thought. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 25(6), p. 688. doi: 10.1017/s0140525x02370122


Carruthers’s thesis is undermined on the one hand by examples of integration of output from domain-specific modules that are independent of language, and on the other hand by examples of linguistically represented thoughts that are unable to integrate different domain-specific knowledge into a coherent whole. I propose a more traditional role for language in thought as providing the basis for the cultural development and transmission of domain-general abstract knowledge and reasoning skills.

Publication Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Psychology
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