Representing Words and Thoughts

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(2), 157–158. Reviews the book, Language, Thought and Representation by Rosemary J. Stevenson (1993). In this book Stevenson guides readers through recent work by cognitive psychologists investigating language and thought. As she writes on the first page of this admirably clear book, it is hard enough getting agreement about what language and thinking are, let alone how they relate to each other. Nevertheless, she has managed to provide a very fair-minded survey of recent debates within cognitive psychology. Stevenson's approach is a balanced “one. She has chapters on topic such as the processing of sentences, deductive reasoning, problem solving, and hypothesis hypothesis testing, among others. In presenting these topics, Stevenson contrasts different theoretical emphases, for instance, she compares those who argue that the knowledge is stored in propositional form with those who claim that language rests on nonlinguistic factors. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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