The origin of the social approach in language and cognitive research exemplified by studies into the origin of language

Nathalie Gontier

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During the last years, an increasing interest can be detected in social cognition
and the latter's relation to language, as well as the origin of language. In this
introductory chapter, we trace the origin of this social approach.
It will be demonstrated that the overall social approach in cognitive and
linguistic sciences stems from the shift in philosophy from the "referential
approach" to the "social turn". Both paradigms endorse completely different
ideas on what cognition is and what role language plays in general cognizing.
This paradigm shift will be exemplified by an analysis of past and current
research into the origin of language. Origins of language studies carry in their
theoretical assumptions the shift from a transcendental to a secular world view.
In the former, it is argued that language is referential for it bears true, factual
knowledge of the outer, transcendental or physical world. In the latter, it is
argued that language is social, and rather than provide truth about the world, it
provides meaning to members of a certain linguistic community.
In the referential approach, language and cognition become intertwined.
And with the social turn, social cognition and language become related to one
another. How exactly this happened is exemplified by studies into the origin
of language.
Originele taal-2English
TitelLanguage and Social Cognition: Expressions of the social mind
RedacteurenH. Pishwa
UitgeverijBerl Mouton de Gruyter
Pagina's25-46
Aantal pagina's22
ISBN van geprinte versie978-3-11-020586-2
StatusPublished - 2009

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NaamTrends in Linguistics

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Pishwa, H. (ed.)

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