Even though the important role of language in human cognition is readily acknowledged, what is the role of storytelling? It may not require words or language, but it still conveys meaning. Maybe memories and concepts are simply stories that our minds tell themselves. Like stories, memories and concepts may vary with the narrator’s creative liberties, adapt to and with different audiences, evolve with each subsequent telling. They may even take on new dimensions of meaning when told through a new type of medium.
Although we usually think of stories as a function of language, what if it is language that is a function of stories? And why not? We learn stories for individual words (definitions), for relationships among words (grammar), and for the synthesis of various combinations of words (information? interpretation? new words?). More importantly, perhaps, is the idea that we often know these stories in nonverbal yet perceptually rich and embodied ways.
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