- Leonard Talmy
- The Cognitive Culture System
- Monist 78. 1 (Jan, 1995): 80 (35 pages).
Cultural cognitivism suggests that cognitive organization in individuals
is the primary locus of culture. Cultural acquisition, exercise, and transmission
are functions of an innate cognitive system, which accounts for structural
commonalities across different cultures. Cultural acquisition involves
processes such as identifying relevant social groups, evaluating their
behavioral patterns and accommodating incompatible patterns. Cultural
cognition includes processes of categorization, differentiation, abstraction,
and approval/disapproval. Other characteristics, evidence for cognitivism,
and contrasts with other theories are also discussed.