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Type: Journal article
Title: Internalizing communication
Author: O'Brien, G.
Opie, J.
Citation: Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 2002; 25(6):694-695
Publisher: Cambridge Univ Press
Issue Date: 2002
ISSN: 0140-525X
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Gerard O'Brien and Jon Opie
Abstract: Carruthers presents evidence concerning the cross-modular integration of information in human subjects which appears to support the “cognitive conception of language.” According to this conception, language is not just a means of communication, but also a representational medium of thought. However, Carruthers overlooks the possibility that language, in both its communicative and cognitive roles, is a nonrepresentational system of conventional signals – that words are not a medium we think in, but a tool we think with. The evidence he cites is equivocal when it comes to choosing between the cognitive conception and this radical communicative conception of language.
Provenance: Published online by Cambridge University Press 11 Aug 2003
Rights: Copyright © 2002 Cambridge University Press
RMID: 0020022709
DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X02440125
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