Chapter 8. Wonderful Mental Life: Unthinkable without Language

  1. Cedric Boeckx

Published Online: 5 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310047.ch8

Language in Cognition: Uncovering Mental Structures and the Rules Behind Them

Language in Cognition: Uncovering Mental Structures and the Rules Behind Them

How to Cite

Boeckx, C. (2009) Wonderful Mental Life: Unthinkable without Language, in Language in Cognition: Uncovering Mental Structures and the Rules Behind Them, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310047.ch8

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 4 SEP 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405158817

Online ISBN: 9781444310047

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Keywords:

  • wonderful mental life - unthinkable without language;
  • language contributing to thought;
  • core knowledge systems;
  • Spelke, “core knowledge” systems;
  • object mechanics system;
  • human infants - representing objects in accord with three spatiotemporal constraints;
  • ability to grasp three or four objects at a time - subitizing;
  • modularity of mind;
  • how language transforms thought;
  • influence of language on cognition in context of number

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • What Does Language Contribute to Thought?

  • Core Knowledge Systems

  • Modularity

  • How Language Transforms Thought

  • What Makes Us Human