The language-thought relationship on the basis of precedence of thought over language

Arısoy, Elif
The aim of this thesis is to examine the relationship between language and thought on the basis of the claim that thought precedes language. The claim is meant that the processes of thought might occasionally be possible without the contribution of language, so the shaping of thought by language has limitations. Firstly, I shall examine the studies on the relationship between language and thought by focusing on issues as language shapes thought, language affects thought partially, and the complex structure of thought. Then, based on the definitions of thought and language, I shall show the structure of thought which includes more than verbal media. And finally, I shall present examples of the processes of thought without language. Thus, the thesis will be finalized with the claim that thought precedes language in the relation between language and thought.


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Citation Formats
E. Arısoy, “The language-thought relationship on the basis of precedence of thought over language,” M.A. - Master of Arts, Middle East Technical University, 2021.