Language and Space

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Paul Bloom
MIT Press, 1999 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 597 pages

The fifteen original contributions in Language and Space bring together the major lines of research and the most important theoretical viewpoints in the areas of psychology, linguistics, anthropology, and neuroscience, providing a much needed synthesis across these diverse domains.

The study of the relationship between natural language and spatial cognition has the potential to yield answers to vexing questions about the nature of the mind, language, and culture. The fifteen original contributions in Language and Space bring together the major lines of research and the most important theoretical viewpoints in the areas of psychology, linguistics, anthropology, and neuroscience, providing a much needed synthesis across these diverse domains.

Each chapter gives a clear up-to-date account of a particular research program. Overall, they address such questions as: how does the brain represent space, how many kinds of spatial representations are there, how do we learn to talk about space and what role does culture play in these matters, should experimental tests of the relations between space and language be restricted to closed-class linguistic elements or must the role of open-class elements be considered as well? Throughout authors speak to each other's arguments, laying bare key areas of agreement and disagreement.

Contributors
Manfred Bierwisch, Paul Bloom, Melissa Bowerman, Karen Emmorey, Merrill Garrett, Ray Jackendoff, Philip Johnson-Laird, Barbara Landau, Willem Levelt, Stephen Levinson, Gordon Logan, Jean Mandler, Lynn Nadel, John O'Keefe, Mary Peterson, Daniel Sadler, Tim Shallice, Len Talmy, Barbara Tversky

 

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Contents

Chapter 2
18
How Much Space Gets into Language?
31
Chapter 3
77
Crosslinguistic Evidence
109
Chapter 5
157
Chapter 8
164
The Confluence of Space and Language in Signed Languages
171
Chapter 6
211
Chapter 9
365
Chapter 10
385
Chapter 11
437
Chapter 12
463
Chapter 13
493
Chapter 14
531
Chapter 15
553
Name Index
579

Chapter 7
277
Multiple Geometric Representations of Objects in Languages and Language Learners
317

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About the author (1999)

Mark Girolami is Professor of Computing and Inferential Science in the Department of Computing Science and the Department of Statistics at the University of Glasgow.

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