The worries of wearing literate glasses

By Régine Kolinsky, José Morais

In this opinion paper, we argue that many scholars, as other literate people, wear literate glasses that lead them to disregard or underestimate the contribution of literacy to cognition, which on its turn leads them to narrowly focus on literate materials and participants, hence offering a biased view of human language and cognition. After some historical considerations, we illustrate this idea as regards oral language and reasoning.

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