Article published in:Culture – Language – Cognition
Edited by Marcelo Dascal †
[Pragmatics & Cognition 20:2] 2012
► pp. 317–333
Language is an instrument for thought. Really?
This discussion article addresses the assumption formulated in Dan Everett’s new book Language: The Cultural Tool that language is not only an instrument for communication, but also an instrument for thought. It argues that the latter assumption is far from obvious, and that, in any case, one cannot put communication and thought on a par in discussing the functionality of language.
Keywords: Cognition, communication, language and communication, thinking, language and thought, Whorfianism, culture, functions of language
Published online: 18 February 2013
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