Historical Roots

  • Robert W. Rieber
  • Harold J. Vetter
Part of the Cognition and Language book series (CALS)


Curiosity about the relation between language and thought is of long standing, going back to the earliest philosophical speculations. Language was of interest to the pre-Aristotelian philosophers because it distinguished human beings from other creatures and appeared intrinsically linked to every aspect of being human: the physical, intellectual, and spiritual self. Pre-Aristotelian philosophers were the first systematic investigators of language, speculating on its origin, the relationship between words and their meanings, and the applications of principles of logic to grammar. It was they who were to lay the foundations of classical European grammar.


Verbal Behavior Free Speech Grammatical Category Sound Production Historical Root 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert W. Rieber
    • 1
  • Harold J. Vetter
    • 2
  1. 1.John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Graduate CenterCity University of New YorkNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.University of South FloridaTampaUSA

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