Language and the Discovery of Reality: A Developmental Psychology of Cognition

Language and the Discovery of Reality: A Developmental Psychology of Cognition

Language and the Discovery of Reality: A Developmental Psychology of Cognition

Language and the Discovery of Reality: A Developmental Psychology of Cognition

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It is a pleasure to write a brief foreword to what promises to be a significant book. Professor Church is writing about human language, how it develops in the human individual, how it serves as a means of communication between humans, how it participates in the processes of human thinking. He has a somewhat unconventional point of view, which deserves serious consideration. He has facts to present, plus some interesting speculations, which even adherents to other camps will find worth pondering. I regard this as a notable contribution, not only to the psychology of language but also to the general psychology of human behavior.

I recommend that the whole book be read and that it be read continuously from beginning to end. One cannot jump back and forth among the chapters without missing some of the essence of the author's theory. I recommend, too, that it be read carefully. Professor Church's style is clear, effortless, and pleasing, so much so as to be almost deceptive. Let the reader not be deceived, however, by the graceful cadence and the apt metaphor. The case that is being presented is closely reasoned and is buttressed by solid scholarship. The book will undoubtedly . . .

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