Revisiting the Concept of ‘Language and Cognition’

Khadijat Muhammad Sama (Ph.D)
Department of Curriculum Studies and Educational Technology
Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto

Abu-Ubaida Sani
Department of Educational Foundations
Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto

Language is a means by which communication is possible. Cognitive processes are necessary in
perceiving and interpreting utterances and signs termed ‘language’ as to give them meanings. Without cognition, communication is indeed next to impossibility. Different individuals could not be guessing meanings of utterances and signs all the times. In this respect, many scholars picked interest in answering different questions as they attempt to achieve the objective of explaining the relationship between language and cognition. This paper reviews the scholarly debates as to why and how language and cognition are related. It also looks into the phenomenon of inter-relationship between language and cognition. Finally, the paper presents some implications of the study to language educators. It contends that further studies aiming to investigate into whether language variations lead to differences in the way and manner of thoughts, should treat language and environment as different variables

Key words: Language, Cognition, thought, theory of mind

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