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Differential ineffability and the senses

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JournalMind and Language
DatePublished - 8 Sep 2014
Issue number4
Volume29
Number of pages21
Pages (from-to)407-427
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Ineffability, the degree to which percepts or concepts resist linguistic coding, is a fairly unexplored nook of cognitive science. Although philosophical preoccupations with qualia or nonconceptual content certainly touch upon the area, there has been little systematic thought and hardly any empirical work in recent years on the subject. We argue that ineffability is an important domain for the cognitive sciences. For examining differential ineffability across the senses may be able to tell us important things about how the mind works, how different modalities talk to one another, and how language does, or does not, interact with other mental faculties.

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