Language, Cognition and Space - The State of the Art and New Directions - Vyvyan Evans

Language, Cognition and Space - The State of the Art and New Directions - Vyvyan Evans

2 Language and space: momentary interactions

Language, Cognition and Space - The State of the Art and New Directions - Vyvyan Evans

Barbara Landau
Johns Hopkins University
Banchiamlack Dessalegn
Johns Hopkins University
Ariel Micah Goldberg
Johns Hopkins University

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The main purpose of this chapter is to lay out evidence suggesting a new solution to this impasse. In particular, it is suggested here that a straightforward ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the question of whether language changes spatial thought is too simplistic. Rather, the authors will present a different twist to the issue, suggested by some newer developments in thinking about the interaction between language and spatial cognition. Specifically, the authors review evidence that language – once acquired – can strongly modulate our non-linguistic spatial representations, but that much of this is done in the moment of carrying out a specific task, and does not result in permanent organizational change to spatial representation.

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Landau, Barbara; Dessalegn, Banchiamlack; Goldberg, Ariel Micah. 2 Language and space: momentary interactions. Language, Cognition and Space - The State of the Art and New Directions. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 51 - 78 Jun 2010. ISBN 9781845535018. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=22024. Date accessed: 23 Aug 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.22024. Jun 2010

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