chapter  8
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Written Composition

Recall that DCT assumes that mental representations are concrete, modalityspecific, neurologically-based analogs of sensory and motor events that are organized into two codes: a verbal code specific to language, and a nonverbal code for dealing with knowledge of the world. The elementary units in the two codes differ in kind and vary hierarchically in inclusiveness such that the verbal code is organized sequentially into longer and longer language units, and the nonverbal code is organized into increasingly larger holistic nested sets. Units at different levels of the hierarchy have separate representations that differ in complexity, so that we may have separate verbal representations for the words none, the, less, and nonetheless; and separate representations for plates, silverware, glassware, and a table setting containing them all.