Date of Award

12-1-2010

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Applied Linguistics

First Advisor

Baertsch, Karen

Abstract

While a symbol based system externally, there is evidence that, internally the realization of language is much different. Through revisiting the foundations of our perceptions and assumptions about language and cognition, the presented argument will coalesce into an illustration of the unsuitability of symbolic systems for recreating the functions which we call "mind". Simply stated, computational models of mind are the latest arguments of the Cartesian paradigm. The thesis concludes with an argument for the exploration of a symbol-less architecture of cognition based upon a model found repeatedly throughout nature: swarms. Discussions of some of the impacts are presented.

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