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Ben Blumson
National University of Singapore
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It's often hypothesized that the structure of mental representation is map-like rather than language-like. The possibility arises as a counterexample to the argument from the best explanation of productivity and systematicity to the language of thought hypothesis—the hypothesis that mental structure is compositional and recursive. In this paper, I argue that the analogy with maps does not undermine the argument, because maps and language have the same kind of compositional and recursive structure.
Keywords Maps  Language of Thought  Systematicity  Productivity  Compositionality  Recursion
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ISBN(s) 0031-8205
DOI 10.1111/j.1933-1592.2011.00499.x
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