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The Instruction of Imagination: Language as a Social Communication Technology

Daniel Dor


The book suggests a new perspective on the essence of human language. This enormous achievement of our species is best characterized as a communication technology—not unlike the social media on the Internet today—that was collectively invented by ancient humans for a very particular communicative function: the instruction of imagination. All other systems of communication in the biological world target the interlocutors’ senses; language allows speakers to systematically instruct their interlocutors in the process of imagining the intended meaning—instead of directly experiencing it. This revo ... More

Keywords: theory of language, imagination, language evolution, linguistic relativity, language acquisition, semantics, pragmatics, syntax, language and power, language diversity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190256623
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190256623.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Dor, author
Senior Lecturer, Tel Aviv University