Relational language supports relational cognition in humans and apes

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 31 (2):136-137 (2008)
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Abstract

We agree with Penn et al. that our human cognitive superiority derives from our exceptional relational ability. We far exceed other species in our ability to grasp analogies and to combine relations into higher-order structures (Gentner 2003). However, we argue here that possession of an elaborated symbol system is necessary to make our relational capacity operational

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