Language is an instrument for thought. Really?
Faculty of Arts. Linguistics and Literature
Pragmatics and cognition. - Amsterdam
, p. 317-333
University of Antwerp
This discussion article addresses the assumption formulated in Dan Everett's new book Language: The Cultural Tool that language is not only an instrument for communication, but also an instrument for thought. It argues that the latter assumption is far from obvious, and that, in any case, one cannot put communication and thought on a par in discussing the functionality of language.