Language and Conceptualization

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To what extent is conceptualization based on linguistic representation? And to what extent is it variable across cultures, communities or even individuals? Of crucial importance in the attempt to develop a comprehensive theory of human cognition, these remain amongst the most difficult of questions in the cognitive sciences. This volume brings together ten new contributions from leading scholars working in a wide cross-section of disciplines, including linguistics, anthropology, psychology and philosophy, with an introduction by the editors which surveys current work in the field. It is one of the first attempts to tackle explicitly the issue of the relationship between linguistic and conceptual representation from a truly interdisciplinary perspective.
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"I recommend this book to anthropologists interested in language or cognition. ...all of the chapters provide succinct statements of general theory, detailed ethnographic observations, or interesting experimental results." Gary B. Palmer, American Anthropologist

"...the book is of interest to anthropological linguists interested in the relavance of our work to cognitive science." Malcah Yaeger-Dror, Language in Society

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521774819
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2005
  • Series: Language Culture and Cognition Series, #1
  • Edition description: 1 PBK ED
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Overview: on the relationship between language and conceptualization 1
2 From outer to inner space: linguistic categories and non-linguistic thinking 13
3 Spatial operations in deixis, cognition, and culture: where to orient oneself in Belhare 46
4 Remote worlds: the conceptual representation of linguistic would 84
5 Role and individual interpretations of change predicates 116
6 Changing place in English and German: language-specific preferences in the conceptualization of spatial relations 137
7 Mapping conceptual representations into linguistic representations: the role of attention in grammar 162
8 Growth points cross-linguistically 190
9 On the modularity of sentence processing: semantical generality and the language of thought 213
10 The contextual basis of cognitive semantics 229
11 The cognitive foundations of pragmatic principles: implications for theories of linguistic and cognitive representation 253
Subject index 272
Index of names 278
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