• David Fontana
Part of the Psychology for Professional Groups book series (PPG)


If you were asked to try to imagine a world without language, your first response would probably be that such a world would lack the means of proper communication. Without language, individuals would be unable to communicate anything other than the most rudimentary matters to each other. But if you thought further you would realize that a world without language would also be a world without thought. Or rather a world without complex thought. It is possible to think without language (using images, tactile sensations), but not at the kind of level we take for granted in even the simplest of daily activities. When humans developed language, their evolution took a quantum leap forward, not just in the ability of individuals to share their thinking with others, but in the quality and scope of that thinking.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Fontana
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Wales College of CardiffUK
  2. 2.University of MinhoPortugal

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