Grounding Cognition: The Role of Language in Thinking [chapter]

Alex Tillas
2021 Proceedings of the International Conference "Sensory Motor Concepts in Language & Cognition"  
In this paper, I investigate the relationship between natural language and thinking. Speci cally, I adopt the view that thinking operates, by and large, according to associationistic rules and argue that natural language plays a crucial role in thinking, but not a constitutive one, as many have argued. I propose that the suggested view enjoys signi cant empirical support, mainly from work done with aphasic subjects. The major challenges that all associationistic views of thinking face are the
more » ... oblems of propositional thinking and compositionality of thought. I brie y suggest how these challenges could be met in the light of the suggested view regarding thought production.
doi:10.1515/9783110720303-013 fatcat:joiuue5hcjazldzkjvmazxstfm