Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Making of Human Concepts$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Denis Mareschal, Paul C. Quinn, and Stephen E.G. Lea

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199549221

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199549221.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 25 January 2020

Different kinds of concepts and different kinds of words: What words do for human cognition

Different kinds of concepts and different kinds of words: What words do for human cognition

Chapter:
(p.99) Chapter 6 Different kinds of concepts and different kinds of words: What words do for human cognition
Source:
The Making of Human Concepts
Author(s):

Sandra R. Waxman

Susan A. Gelman (Contributor Webpage)

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199549221.003.06

This chapter argues that words and concepts are intricately intertwined throughout human development, and that the link between them has important conceptual consequences, motivating us to move beyond the information immediately available to us by virtue of our perceptual experiences. It summarizes current theoretical views and empirical evidence attesting to the power and complexity of these links between words and concepts, and argues against the view that simple attentional mechanisms can account fully for the acquisition of words and concepts. The chapter also contends that sweeping claims about words and concepts need to be tempered by careful consideration of the kind of concept and the kind of linguistic expression that is recruited to capture it. Yet at their core, most approaches espousing a simple attentional view tend to treat ‘word’, ‘concept’, and ‘development’ as unanalysed units. This is a shortcoming: concepts that the human mind deals with are more complicated, subtle, flexible, and diverse; the words that comprise the languages of the world support this conceptual complexity, subtlety, flexibility, and diversity.

Keywords:   language, words, human cognition, word, concept, development

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .