Andy Melnikov (nponeccop) wrote,
Andy Melnikov

"Most cognitively oriented linguists (e.g. Jackendoff, 1992; Pinker, 1994) argue that humans think in a non-linguistic format (Pinker calls it mentalese) which we map automatically and without conscious control onto the structures of particular languages like English or French. We then use these structures, either in our heads to regulate our thoughts consciously (inner speech), or in the external modalities of speech, writing or sign, for communication with others. You may have had the experience of dreaming in a language you’re learning, and perhaps you can even recall dreamed conversations in it. Again, although these impressions can seem very vivid, they are not evidence that we think in language. We can wrap our thought in language, and this is clearly how we co-construct many of our beliefs about the world with other speakers, as psychologists such as Lev Vygotsky (1986) have pointed out. But this doesn’t mean that language and thought are the same thing." (Hall, Smith, & Wicaksono. 2011. Mapping applied linguistics: A guide for students and practitioners)

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