Volume 23, Issue 1, 2013
Culture, Communication and Cognition
David R. Olson
Writing, the Discovery of Language, and the Discovery of Mind
In the 1960s claims were made about the role of literacy in restructuring the mind. While those claims were frequently criticized, this paper revives the claim by showing that reading and writing require a new consciousness of properties of language, properties relevant to a distinctive modes of literate thought.