On the nature, use and acquisition of language

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Consider the problem of learning. We have an organism with a mind/brain that is in a certain state or configuration. T he organism is presented with certain sensory inputs, leading to a change in the state of the mind/brain. This process is the process of learning, or perhaps more accurately, mental and cognitive growth. Having attained a new state as a result of this process, the organism now carries out certain actions, in part influenced by the state of the mind/brain that has been attained. T here is no direct relation between the sensory inputs that led to the change of state of the mind/brain and the actions carried out by the organism, except under highly artificial, uninformative and very marginal conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLanguage and Meaning in Cognitive Science
Subtitle of host publicationCognitive Issues and Semantic theory
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781136525322
ISBN (Print)0815327714, 9780815327714
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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