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The present paper elucidates, elaborates, and defends the main thesis advanced in the target article: namely, that natural-language sentences play a constitutive role in some human thought processes, and that they are responsible for some of the distinctive flexibility of human thinking, serving to integrate the outputs of a variety of conceptual modules. Section R1 clarifies and elaborates this main thesis, responding to a number of objections and misunderstandings. R2 considers three contrasting accounts of the mechanism of inter-modular integration. R3 discusses objections to some of the empirical data supporting my main thesis. R4 criticizes some competing theories of the role of language in cognition. And R5 considers some proposed supplementary cognitive roles which language might play.

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Peter Carruthers
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