Is language special? Some remarks on control, coding, and co-ordination

Andy Clark*

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Is language special? I consider some arguments, culled mainly from the papers by Christensen, Love, Ross, and Wheeler, that may shed light on this slippery topic. In particular, I examine some issues concerning the computational underpinnings of linguistic ability, the role of language in thought, and the dual existence of language as a public and a private tool. Language, I conclude, is an essentially contested structure, productively poised between the inner and the outer, the private and the public, the biological and the artifactual.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)717-726
Number of pages10
JournalLanguage Sciences
Issue number6 SPEC. ISS.
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Artifact
  • Co-ordination
  • Coding
  • Control
  • Language
  • Tool

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