Dupre, G (2022) Public language, private language, and subsymbolic theories of mind. Mind and Language. ISSN 0268-1064

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Language has long been a problem-case for subsymbolic theories of mind. The reason for this is obvious: Language seems essentially symbolic. However, recent work has developed a potential solution to this problem, arguing that linguistic symbols are public objects which augment a fundamentally subsymbolic mind, rather than components of cognitive symbol-processing. I shall argue that this strategy cannot work, on the grounds that human language acquisition consists in projecting linguistic structure onto environmental entities, rather than extracting this structure from them.

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Additional Information: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution andreproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.© 2022 The Author.Mind & Languagepublished by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Uncontrolled Keywords: bootstrapping; connectionism; developmental linguistics; extended mind; generative linguistics; symbolic cognition
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Political and Global Studies
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2022 11:04
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2022 13:37
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/10716

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