Language, Cognition and Space

Language, Cognition and Space : The State of the Art and New Directions

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Spatial perception and cognition is fundamental to human abilities to navigate through space, identify and locate objects, and track entities in motion. Moreover, research findings in the last couple of decades reveal that many of the mechanisms humans employ to achieve this are largely innate, providing abilities to store 'cognitive maps' for locating themselves and others, locations, directions and routes. In this humans are like many other species. However, unlike other species, humans can employ language in order to represent space. The human linguistic ability combined with the human ability for spatial representation apparently results in rich, creative and sometimes surprising extensions of representations for three-dimensional physical space. The present volume brings together 19 articles from leading scholars who investigate the relationship between spatial cognition and spatial language. The volume is fully representative of the state-of-the-art in terms of language and space research, and points to new directions in terms of findings, theory, and practice.
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  • Paperback | 672 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 30.48mm | 861.83g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1845535014
  • 9781845535018
  • 1,116,088

Table of contents

Introduction I PERCEPTION AND SPACE 1. The perceptual basis of spatial representation. Vyvyan Evans II THE INTERACTION BETWEEN LANGUAGE AND SPATIAL COGNITION 2. Language and space: Momentary interactions. Barbara Landau (John Hopkins University), Banchiamlack Dessalegn (Johns Hopkins University), and Ariel Micah Goldberg (Johns Hopkins Univeristy) 3. Language and inner space. Benjamin Bergen (University of Hawai'i, Manoa), Carl Polley (University of Hawai'i, Manoa), and Kathryn Wheeler (University of Hawai'i, Manoa) III TYPOLOGICAL, PSYCHOLINGUISTIC AND NEUROLINGUISTIC APPROAHCES TO SPATIAL REPRESENTATION 4. Inside in and on: Typological and psycholinguistic perspectives Michele Feist (University of Louisiana at Lafayette) 5. Parsing space around objects. Laura Carlson (University of Notre Dame) 6. A neuroscientific perspective on the linguistic encoding of categorical spatial relations. David Kemmerer (Purdue University) IV THEORETICAL APPROACHES TO SPATIAL REPRESENTATION IN LANGUAGE 7. The genesis of spatial terms. Claude Vandeloise (Louisiana State University) 8. Forceful prepositions. Joost Zwarts (Utrecht University) 9. From the spatial to the non-spatial: The 'state' lexical concepts of in, on and at. Vyvyan Evans V SPATIAL REPRESENTATION IN SPECIFIC LANGUAGES 10. Static topological relations in Basque. Iraide Ibarretxe-Antunano (Universidad de Zaragoza) 11. Taking the Principled Polysemy Model of Spatial Particles Beyond English: The Case of Russian za. Darya Shakhova (Georgetown University) and Andrea Tyler (Georgetown University) 12. Frames of reference, effects of motion, and lexical meanings of Japanese FRONT/BACK terms. Kazuko Shinohara (University of Agriculture and Technology, Tokyo) and Yoshihiro Matsunaka (Tokyo Polytechnic University) VI SPACE IN GESTURE AND SIGN-LANGUAGE 13. How spoken language and signed language structure space differently. Leonard Talmy (State University of New York, Buffalo) 14. Geometric and image-schematic patterns in gesture space. Irene Mittelberg (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) VII MOTION 15. Translocation, language and the categorization of experience. Jordan Zlatev (Lund University), Johan Blomberg (Lund University), and Caroline David (Universite de Montpellier 3) 16. Motion: A conceptual typology. Stephanie Pourcel (Bangor University) VIII THE RELATION BETWEEN SPACE, TIME AND MODALITY 17. Space for thinking. Daniel Casasanto (MPI for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen) 18. Temporal frames of reference. Jorg Zinken (Portsmouth University) 19. From mind to grammar: Coordinate systems, prepositions, constructions. Paul Chilton
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About Vyvyan Evans

Vyvyan Evans is Professor of Linguistics at Bangor University. He has written and edited a number of books on cognitive linguistics including: The Semantics of English Prepositions (with Andrea Tyler), The Structure of Time, Cognitive Linguistics (with Melanie Green), and The Cognitive Linguistics Reader (co-edited with Ben Bergen and Joerg Zinken), published by Equinox. Paul Chilton is Professor of Linguistics at the University of East Anglia. He has published widely in the areas of cognitive linguistics and discourse studies including the following books: Security Metaphors: Cold War Discourse from Containment to Common European Home, Analysing Political Discourse: Theory and Practice, and Space, Time and Distance: the Geometry of Discourse.
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