The World on Paper
The Conceptual and Cognitive Implications of Writing and Reading
By (author) David R. Olson
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World on Paper by David R. Olson
Book DescriptionWhat role has writing played in the development of our modern understanding of language, nature and ourselves? In this historical and developmental account, David Olson offers a new perspective on this process. Reversing the traditional assumption about the relation between speech and writing, he argues that writing provides an important model of the way we think about speech; our consciousness of language is structured by our writing system. In addition, writing provides our dominant models for thinking about nature and the mind, and shows how our understanding of the world - our science - and our understanding of ourselves - our psychology - are by-products of our ways of creating and interpreting written texts. This challenging study draws on recent advances in history, anthropology, linguistics and psychology, and will be of interest to readers across the range of these subjects.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521575584
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 20-Jun-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author David R. Olson
Mind on Paper, Hardback (November 2016)
Shows why reading and writing are essential to developing a consciousness of language that, in turn, lies at the core of rationality.
Jerome Bruner, Paperback (October 2014)
Originally published: London: Continuum, 2007.
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Inspired by the seminal work of Jack Goody, a historical anthropologist specializing in the study of social structure and change, this book gathers diverse perspectives of 20 distinguished historians, anthropologists, psychologists, and educators to address the role of technologies in social stability and change in traditional and modern societies.
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