The Emergence of Linguistic Consciousness and the "hard problem"


Jackendoff (2007) claims that most work on consciousness deals “almost exclusively with visual experience” and suggests to focus more on linguistic awareness. Jackendoff proposes that phonological ability – to divide utterances into words and syllables – is at the core of linguistic consciousness. This account can be supplemented by empirical research on language acquisition. Focusing on the step-by-step emergence of linguistic consciousness in infancy can offer new and potentially fruitful angles for investigating states of consciousness. In addition computational models of word segmentation and possible implications for linguistic consciousness are discussed.

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