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Music, Language, and the Brain

In the first comprehensive study of the relationship between music and language from the standpoint of cognitive neuroscience, Aniruddh D. Patel challenges the widespread belief that music and language are processed independently. Since Plato’s time, the relationship between music and … Continue reading

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On Interlistening and the Idea of Dialogue

Among the many analytical categories bequeathed by linguistics to the study of dialogue, some inadvertently conceal more than they reveal. In addition to instantiating such fictions as speaker and listener or langue and parole, these categories tend to privilege the … Continue reading

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Language, Meaning, and Social Cognition

Social cognition is meant to examine the process of meaningful social interaction. Despite the central involvement of language in this process, language has not received the focal attention that it deserves. Conceptualizing meaningful social interaction as the process of construction … Continue reading

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Language, Culture, Cognition – How Do They Intersect?

This chapter approaches the question of how languages shape cognition in terms of language use and examines differences in the accessibility of specific linguistic categories across different languages. Here we take a position espoused by Kay. He points out that … Continue reading

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Reality – The Search for Objectivity or the Quest for a Compelling Argument

Humberto Maturana. I claim that the most central question that humanity faces today is the question of reality. And I claim that this is so, regardless of whether we are aware of it or not, because every thing that we … Continue reading

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Ontology of Observing – The Biological Foundations of Self-Consciousness and of the Physical Domain of Existence

Humberto Maturana. My purpose in this essay is to explain cognition as a biological phenomenon, and to show, in the process, how language arises and gives origin to self-consciousness, revealing the ontological foundations of the physical domain of existence as … Continue reading

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Dialogue and Culture

The volume deals with the relationship between language, dialogue, human nature and culture by focusing on an approach that considers culture to be a crucial component of dialogic interaction. Part I refers to the so-called ‘language instinct debate’ between nativists … Continue reading

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The Language Instinct – The New Science of Language and Mind

Language is so tightly woven into human experience that it is scarcely possible to imagine life without it. Chances are that if you find two or more people together anywhere on earth, they will soon be exchanging words. When there … Continue reading

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Noam Chomsky on how Kids Acquire Language & Ideas

Noam Chomsky became internationally famous for proposing a novel solution to an age-old question: what does a baby know? After years of research, Chomsky proposed that newborns have a hard-wired ability to understand grammar. Language acquisition is as elemental to … Continue reading

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On the Hegemonic English in a Neoliberal Information Economy

Without words, what do we have? From language, we define what is possible—what we think, who we talk to, what we do, and where we go. Language is more than a vessel for thought. It communicates our identity and status … Continue reading

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