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

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THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, ISSN: 2171-679X, Vol: 20, Issue: 3, Page: 255-268

Publication Year:
2005
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Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10470
DOI:
10.1387/theoria.561
Author(s):
Clark, Andy
Publisher(s):
Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del PaĆ­s Vasco
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article description
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.