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Thought Before Language

Michael Devitt

in Ignorance of Language

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780199250967
eISBN:
9780191603945
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199250960.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Starting from the appealing folk idea that “language expresses thought”, this chapter argues that the psychological reality of language should be investigated from a perspective on thought. The idea ... More


Concepts as Metaphors

Sam Glucksberg

in Understanding Figurative Language: From Metaphor to Idioms

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780195111095
eISBN:
9780199872107
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195111095.003.0006
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This chapter examines the roles that metaphor might play in conceptual representation. Lakoff's conceptual metaphor theory argues that abstract concepts, such as “theory”, are understood in terms of ... More


Culturally Situated Linguistic Ecologies and Language Use: Cultural Tools at the Service of Representing and Shaping Situated Realities

Gün R. Semin

in Advances in Culture and Psychology: Volume 1

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780195380392
eISBN:
9780199863501
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195380392.003.0005
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

Two interrelated perspectives are advanced. One is about the function of language in use, namely in the course of social practices. It is argued that language serves as an attention directing devise ... More


Studying Language and Mind in Action

Jörg Zinken

in Requesting Responsibility: The Morality of Grammar in Polish and English Family Interaction

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780190210724
eISBN:
9780190210748
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190210724.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

This book examines the ways in which the grammatical resources of a particular language enter into the accomplishment of actions that serve a generic human problem: the organization of cooperation. ... More


How Do Language-Specific Concepts Relate to Cognition?

David Kemmerer

in Concepts in the Brain: The View From Cross-linguistic Diversity

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780190682620
eISBN:
9780190682651
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190682620.003.0006
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience

This chapter addresses the following question: How do language-specific concepts relate to cognition? The interaction between language and thought has fascinated scholars and laypeople alike for ... More


Relations Between Language and Thought

Lila R. Gleitman and Anna Papafragou

in Sentence First, Arguments Afterward: Essays in Language and Learning

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
August 2020
ISBN:
9780199828098
eISBN:
9780197510438
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199828098.003.0024
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology

In this chapter we consider the question of whether the language one speaks affects one’s thinking. We discuss arguments showing that language cannot be taken to be the vehicle of thought. We then ... More


The Spirals of Relativity

Daniel Dor

in The Instruction of Imagination: Language as a Social Communication Technology

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780190256623
eISBN:
9780190256647
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190256623.003.0005
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics

Over the past twenty years, a vibrant field of research has emerged around the question of linguistic relativity: the causal relationship between language and the way we think. The chapter offers a ... More


Turning the Tables: Language and Spatial Reasoning

Peggy Li and Lila R. Gleitman

in Sentence First, Arguments Afterward: Essays in Language and Learning

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
August 2020
ISBN:
9780199828098
eISBN:
9780197510438
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199828098.003.0023
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology

This paper investigates possible influences of the lexical resources of individual languages on the spatial organization and reasoning styles of their users. That there are such powerful and ... More


Culture, Categories, and Color: Do We See the World Through T(a)inted Lenses?

Debi Roberson

in Advances in Culture and Psychology: Volume Two

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199840694
eISBN:
9780199932726
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199840694.003.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

This chapter considers the relationships among culture, language, and perceptual category organization. Some continuous perceptual experiences, such as color, come to be perceived as discontinuous, ... More


The Instruction of Imagination: Language as a Social Communication Technology

Daniel Dor

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780190256623
eISBN:
9780190256647
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190256623.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics

The book suggests a new perspective on the essence of human language. This enormous achievement of our species is best characterized as a communication technology—not unlike the social media on the ... More


The Word is a World: (La Parole Est Un Monde)

W. Underhill James

in Humboldt, Worldview and Language

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748638420
eISBN:
9780748671809
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638420.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics

This chapter critically appraises flimsy and impressionistic accounts of linguistic relativity. It gives examples from French and English of authors who celebrate linguistic diversity, but who often ... More


Computation, Interpretation, and Mediation

Paul Kockelman

in The Art of Interpretation in the Age of Computation

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
July 2017
ISBN:
9780190636531
eISBN:
9780190636562
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190636531.003.0006
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

The chapter shows the fundamental importance of ideas from computer science to the concerns of linguistic anthropology (and to the concerns of culture-rich and context-sensitive approaches to ... More


Bilingualism, Life Writing, Translation

Anna Wierzbicka

in Imprisoned in English: The Hazards of English as a Default Language

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199321490
eISBN:
9780199369263
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199321490.003.0018
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, English Language

This chapter includes a view from bilingualism put forward by psycholinguist Aneta Pavlenko; a view from life writing, presented by Eva Hoffman, the author of the groundbreaking cross-linguistic ... More


Systemic Culture Shock: Meeting Fu Lai Ming on the Tibetan Plateau

Naomi C. F. Yamada

in At Home and in the Field: Ethnographic Encounters in Asia and the Pacific Islands

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824847593
eISBN:
9780824868215
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824847593.003.0015
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

This chapter is a story about cultural categories of birds and science in China that addresses issues of the Sapir–Whorf hypothesis—which suggests that the cultural content of one's language can ... More


The Role of Language in the Construction of Emotion and Memory: A Predictive Coding View

Ajay B. Satpute, Erik C. Nook, and Melis E. Cakar

in Neuroscience of Enduring Change

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
March 2020
ISBN:
9780190881511
eISBN:
9780190881528
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190881511.003.0004
Subject:
Neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience

Language is known to play an important role in communicating our thoughts, memories, and emotions. This chapter proposes that the role of language extends much more deeply to further shape and ... More


Expressing the Self: Cultural Diversity and Cognitive Universals

Minyao Huang and Kasia M. Jaszczolt (eds)

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780198786658
eISBN:
9780191828966
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198786658.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

This book addresses different linguistic and philosophical aspects of referring to the self in a wide range of languages from different language families, including Amharic, English, French, ... More


Expressing the self in Japanese: Indexical expressions in the service of indexical thoughts

Rodanthi Christofaki

in Expressing the Self: Cultural Diversity and Cognitive Universals

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780198786658
eISBN:
9780191828966
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198786658.003.0005
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

Christofaki’s chapter provides an analysis of terms used for first-person reference in Japanese, addressing the question of how de se thought is expressed in a language with a multitude of ... More


Sentence First, Arguments Afterward: Essays in Language and Learning

Lila Gleitman

Jeffrey Lidz (ed.)

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
August 2020
ISBN:
9780199828098
eISBN:
9780197510438
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199828098.001.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology

This book collects the most significant papers written by Lila R. Gleitman, spanning 50 years of research on language and its acquisition. The book traces the roots of developmental psycholinguistics ... More


Introduction: The self in language, in thought, and in-between

Kasia M. Jaszczolt

in Expressing the Self: Cultural Diversity and Cognitive Universals

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780198786658
eISBN:
9780191828966
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198786658.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

The introduction presents the cutting-edge linguistic and philosophical problems with self-reference. It justifies the need for an unprecedented interdisciplinary perspective that allows the method ... More


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