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Thinking in Words: Language as an Embodied Medium of Thought.
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PMID:  24943737     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Recently, there has been a great deal of interest in the idea that natural language enhances and extends our cognitive capabilities. Supporters of embodied cognition have been particularly interested in the way in which language may provide a solution to the problem of abstract concepts. Toward this end, some have emphasized the way in which language may act as form of cognitive scaffolding and others have emphasized the potential importance of language-based distributional information. This essay defends a version of the cognitive enhancement thesis that integrates and builds on both of these proposals. I argue that the embodied representations associated with language processing serve as a supplementary medium for conceptual processing. The acquisition of a natural language provides a means of extending our cognitive reach by giving us access to an internalized combinatorial symbol system that augments and supports the context-sensitive embodied representational systems that exist independently of language.
Guy Dove
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-6-19
Journal Detail:
Title:  Topics in cognitive science     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1756-8765     ISO Abbreviation:  Top Cogn Sci     Publication Date:  2014 Jun 
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Created Date:  2014-6-19     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101506764     Medline TA:  Top Cogn Sci     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2014 Cognitive Science Society, Inc.
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