Prelogical Relics in Language Development

  • C. J. Hutterer
Conference paper
Part of the Acta Neurochirurgica Supplementum book series (NEUROCHIRURGICA, volume 56)


The technical term prelogic, prelogical (thinking) was established by the French philosopher and ethnograph Lucien Lévy-Bruhl (1857–1939) and it means that by primitive man “collective ideas” were not thought according to the rules of formal logic, on the contrary, the rise of such ideas about the surroundings of man was throughout “prelogical”, i.e. distinct from logical thinking in modern sense and in no way directed by the rules of formal logic.


Language Development Numeral System Word Class Grammatical Gender French Philosopher 
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© Springer-Verlag 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. J. Hutterer
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  1. 1.Department of German Language and LiteratureKarl-Franzens-UniversitätGrazAustria

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