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Word, Niche and Super-Niche: How Language Makes Minds Matter More

Clark, Andy (2005) Word, Niche and Super-Niche: How Language Makes Minds Matter More. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 20 (3). pp. 255-268. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

How does language (spoken or written) impact thought? One useful way to approach this important but elusive question may be to consider language itself as a cognition-enhancing animal-built structure. To take this perspective is to view language as a kind of self-constructed cognitive niche. These self-constructed cognitive niches play, I suggest, three distinct but deeply interlocking roles in human thought and reason. Working together, these three interlocking routines radically transform the human mind, and mark a genuine discontinuity in the space of animal minds.


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Clark, AndyAndy.Clark@ed.ac.uk
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: niche construction, cognitive niche, cognition-enhancing structure
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Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2014 17:30
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2014 17:30
Item ID: 10470
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
Official URL: http://www.ehu.es/ojs/index.php/THEORIA/article/vi...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.561
Date: September 2005
Page Range: pp. 255-268
Volume: 20
Number: 3
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10470

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