Behavioral and Brain Sciences



Short Communication

A linguistic module for integrating the senses, or a house of cards?


Rick Dale a1 and Michael Spivey a1
a1 Department of Psychology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 rad28@cornell.edu spivey@cornell.edu http://www.people.cornell.edu/pages/rad28 http://www.psych.cornell.edu/faculty/people/Spivey_Michael.htm

Abstract

Carruthers invokes a number of controversial assumptions to support his thesis. Most are questionable and unnecessary to investigate the wider relevance of language in cognition. A number of research programs (e.g., interactionist psycholinguistics and cognitive linguistics) have for years pursued a similar thesis and provide a more empirically grounded framework for investigating language’ cognitive functions.