The Evolutionary Relevance of Abstraction and Representation

Biosemiotics 7 (1):125-139 (2014)
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This paper investigates the roles that abstraction and representation have in activities associated with language. Activities such as associative learning and counting require both the abilities to abstract from and accurately represent the environment. These activities are successfully carried out among vocal learners aside from humans, thereby suggesting that nonhuman animals share something like our capacity for abstraction and representation. The identification of these capabilities in other species provides additional insights into the development of language.



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Andrew M. Winters
Yavapai College

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