Word, niche and super-niche: How language makes minds matter more

Andy Clark*

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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, 1 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-268
Number of pages14
JournalTheoria
Volume20
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cognition-enhancing structure
  • Cognitive niche
  • Niche construction

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