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Thinking in Language

Christopher Gauker

in Words and Images

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199599462
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729225 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599462.003.0009
Thinking in Language

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This chapter addresses a number of obstacles to the assimilation of conceptual thought to thinking in language. It answers a number of naïve objections to the thesis that we think in language, such as that our words are context-relative while our thoughts are not. It explains how thinking in language can do serious cognitive work. Finally, it sketches an approach to explaining the role of ordinary semantic terminology in discourse.

Keywords: inner speech; verbal imagery; Whorf; semantic terminology

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Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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