Between Language and Consciousness: Linguistic Qualia, Awareness, and Cognitive Models

  title={Between Language and Consciousness: Linguistic Qualia, Awareness, and Cognitive Models},
  author={Piotr Konderak},
  journal={Studies in Logic, Grammar and Rhetoric},
  pages={285 - 302}
  • Piotr Konderak
  • Published 1 December 2016
  • Psychology, Linguistics
  • Studies in Logic, Grammar and Rhetoric
Abstract The main goal of the paper is to present a putative role of consciousness in language capacity. The paper contrasts the two approaches characteristic for cognitive semiotics and cognitive science. Language is treated as a mental phenomenon and a cognitive faculty (in contrast to approaches that define language as a primarily social phenomenon). The analysis of language activity is based on the Chalmers’ (1996) distinction between the two forms of consciousness: phenomenal (simply… 

Figures from this paper

Revisiting Human’s Place and Role in Humanitarian Anthropocentric Research of Language and Communication

The author contemplates on the human's place in the language and the communicating. He gives the analysis in terms of anthropocentric and linguistic paradigm, philosophical and cultural knowledge.

Correlations Between Handshape and Movement in Sign Languages

Three studies show that, once iconicity is considered, handshape and movement parameters interact at the sublexical level, allowing us to maintain certain key findings of phonological theory as evidence of cognitive architecture.

Grammar and feelings: a study of Wh-exclamatives in Katherine Mansfield’s short stories

All WH-exclamative constructions of two collections of Katherine Mansfield’s short stories are studied to contest the widespread conceptualization of exclamatives as expressing scalar evaluation and surprise at violation of expectation.

Translating from monosemiotic to polysemiotic narratives: A study of Finnish speech and gestures

Human communication can be either monosemiotic or polysemiotic, depending on whether it combines ensembles of representations from one or more semiotic systems such as language, gesture and

Valence and arousal in WHAT and HOW exclamatives: cognitive simplification versus emotive implication

A l’aide d’une definition bi-dimensionelle des emotions en termes de valence (charge evaluative) et d’intensite (activation physiologique) (T. Colibazzi et al. [2010], J. E. Posner et al. [2009]), je



The semiotic hierarchy: life, consciousness, signs and language

This article outlines a general theory of meaning, The Semiotic Hierarchy, which distinguishes between four major levels in the organization of meaning: life, consciousness, sign function and

Foundations of Language: Brain, Meaning, Grammar, Evolution

Foundations of Language shows one of the most fundamental new thinkings in linguistics since Noam Chomskyis Aspects of the Theory of Syntax in 1965. Foundations of Language opens up vivid new

The central role of normativity in language and linguistics

‘Any natural language consists of rules which are inherently social and normative.’ It is the purpose of this chapter to establish the truth of this claim and to show that it is significant or

On a Cognitive Model of Semiosis

Abstract What is the class of possible semiotic systems? What kinds of systems could count as such systems? The human mind is naturally considered the prototypical semiotic system. During years of

The Epigenesis of Meaning in Human Beings, and Possibly in Robots

A model of human cognitive and linguistic development is proposed according to which physical, social and linguistic interactions between the individual and the environment have their respective peaks in three consecutive stages of development: episodic, mimetic and symbolic.

The Modularity of mind. An essay on faculty psychology

This monograph synthesizes current information from the various fields of cognitive science in support of a new theory of mind that postulates a vertical and modular psychological organization underlying biologically coherent behaviours.

The Mind Doesn't Work That Way : The Scope and Limits of Computational Psychology

In this engaging book, Jerry Fodor argues against the widely held view that mental processes are largely computations, that the architecture of cognition is massively modular, and that the

NEUROPHENOMENOLOGY A Methodological Remedy for the Hard Problem

This paper starts with one of Chalmers' basic points: first-hand experience is an irreducible field of phenomena. I claim there is no 'theoretical fix' or 'extra ingredient' in nature that can

A computational theory of vocabulary acquisition

This thesis is that the meaning of such a word can be determined from context, can be revised upon further encounters with the word, and eventually “settles down” to a “steady state” that is always subject to revision upon further meetings with theword.

The New Science of the Mind: From Extended Mind to Embodied Phenomenology

There is a new way of thinking about the mind that does not locate mental processes exclusively "in the head." Some think that this expanded conception of the mind will be the basis of a new science