Linguistic tools for embodied minds

  • Anna Maria Borghi
  • Felice Cimatti
  • Marco Tullio Liuzza

Abstract

In this paper, we outline the embodied perspective of language comprehension indicating some of its limitations. We claim that the notions of language as a tool (CLARK 2006a, 2006b), might be useful to overcome a view focused only on referential aspects of language. Words, in quality of tools, can: a. facilitate communication among speakers; b. influence categorization; c. have a different impact on concrete and abstract words;  d. allow us to construct an inner speech. Finally, we discuss how thinking about language as tool can help inform future research on thought, language and body.
Published
2012-07-30
How to Cite
Borghi, A. M., Cimatti, F. and Liuzza, M. T. (2012) “Linguistic tools for embodied minds”, Rivista Italiana di Filosofia del Linguaggio, 6(2), pp. 43-58. Available at: http://www.rifl.unical.it/index.php/rifl/article/view/36 (Accessed: 13July2024).

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