Language, Thought and Consciousness
An Essay in Philosophical Psychology
By (author) Peter Carruthers
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Language, Thought and Consciousness by Peter Carruthers
Book DescriptionDo we think in natural language? Or is language only for communication? Much recent work in philosophy and cognitive science assumes the latter. In contrast, Peter Carruthers argues that much of human conscious thinking is conducted in the medium of natural language sentences. However, this does not commit him to any sort of Whorfian linguistic relativism, and the view is developed within a framework that is broadly nativist and modularist. His study will be essential reading for all those interested in the nature and significance of natural language, whether they come from philosophy, psychology or linguistics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521639996
(228mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 19-Feb-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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