Space in Language and Cognition: Explorations in Cognitive Diversity / Edition 1

Space in Language and Cognition: Explorations in Cognitive Diversity / Edition 1

by Stephen C. Levinson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521011965

ISBN-13: 9780521011969

Pub. Date: 03/01/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Languages differ in how they describe space, and such differences between languages can be used to explore the relation between language and thought. This book shows that even in a core cognitive domain, such as spatial thinking, language influences how people think, memorize and reason about spatial relations and directions. After outlining a typology of spatial…  See more details below

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Languages differ in how they describe space, and such differences between languages can be used to explore the relation between language and thought. This book shows that even in a core cognitive domain, such as spatial thinking, language influences how people think, memorize and reason about spatial relations and directions. After outlining a typology of spatial coordinate systems in language and cognition, it is shown that not all languages use all types, and that non-linguistic cognition mirrors the systems available in the local language. The book reports on collaborative, interdisciplinary research, involving anthropologists, linguists and psychologists, conducted in many languages and cultures around the world, which establishes this robust correlation. The overall results suggest that most current thinking in the cognitive sciences underestimates the transformative power of language on thinking. The book will appeal to all researchers interested in the relation of language to other areas of cognition - linguists, psychologists, anthropologists, philosophers - and especially to students of spacial cognition.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521011969
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/01/2003
Series:
Language Culture and Cognition Series, #5
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
414
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Preface
Acknowledgements
1The intellectual background: two millennia of Western ideas about spatial thinking1
2Frames of reference24
3Linguistic diversity62
4Absolute minds: glimpses into two cultures112
5Diversity in mind: methods and results from a cross-linguistic sample170
6Beyond language: frames of reference in wayfinding and pointing216
7Language and thought280
Notes326
List of references348
Language index368
Author index370
Subject index375

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