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Public language, private language, and subsymbolic theories of mind

Dupre, Gabe

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Gabe Dupre



Abstract

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.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 6, 2021
Online Publication Date Mar 8, 2022
Publication Date Mar 8, 2022
Journal Mind & Language
Print ISSN 0268-1064
Publisher Wiley
Volume 38
Issue 2
Pages 394-412
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/mila.12400
Keywords Linguistics and Language, Philosophy, Language and Linguistics
Publisher URL https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/mila.12400

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