Heymann Steinthal A psychophysics of Linguistic Forms

  • Lia Formigari Università di Roma «La Sapienza»


Though refuting all dependence of grammar on logic, Steinthal does not deny the sprachliche Verkörperung or Verleiblichung, that is, the linguistic incorporation or embodiment of the general forms of thought and intuition (§ 1). The dynamics of mental representations (§ 2) lead to the «threshold» of language, where unconscious processes operate: motor simulation (§ 3), apperception (§ 4), and the synergy of latent and active representations and competences (§ 5). Steinthal’s stress on the role of motor representations and his theory of cognitive unconscious are a turning point in the tradition of linguistic naturalism (§ 6).

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FORMIGARI, Lia. Heymann Steinthal A psychophysics of Linguistic Forms. Blityri, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 1, p. 157-176, oct. 2017. ISSN 2281-6682. Available at: <https://blityri.it/index.php/blityri/article/view/9>. Date accessed: 25 may 2020.