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

17 Space for thinking

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

Daniel Casasanto
MPI for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen

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This chapter explores a potential solution: perhaps the mind recruits old structures for new uses. Perhaps sensory and motor representations that result from physical interactions with the world (e.g., representations of physical space) are recycled to support abstract thought. This hypothesis is motivated, in part, by patterns observed in language: in order to talk about abstract things, speakers oft en recruit metaphors from more concrete or perceptually rich domains.

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Casasanto, Daniel. 17 Space for thinking. Language, Cognition and Space - The State of the Art and New Directions. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 453 - 478 Jun 2010. ISBN 9781845535018. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=22052. Date accessed: 24 May 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.22052. Jun 2010

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