Language and analogy in conceptual change

Dedre Gentner*, Nina Simms

*Corresponding author for this work

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Carey proposes that the acquisition of the natural numbers relies on the interaction between language and analogical processes: specifically, on an analogical mapping from ordinal linguistic structure to ordinal conceptual structure. We suggest that this analogy in fact requires several steps. Further, we propose that additional analogical processes enter into the acquisition of number.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)128-129
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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