Language as a Tool

The Basis of Language Acquisition
  • Hans Hörmann
Part of the Cognition and Language book series (CALS)


Until now we have viewed the sign as something that represents something else. The relationship between the sign and what it stands for must now be made more specific. First we will follow Karl Bühler, who proposed in 1934 in his epoch-making book Language Theory an organon model of language or, more specifically, of the sign. It is called an organon according to the Platonic principle: language is a tool, an instrumental auxiliary, by means of which one person can communicate something about something to someone.


Relative Clause Language Acquisition American Sign Syntactic Form Verbal Utterance 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans Hörmann
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  1. 1.Late of Ruhr UniversityBochumFederal Republic of Germany

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