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From Molecule To Metaphor

Author : Jerome Feldman
ISBN : 9780262296885
Genre : Psychology
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In From Molecule to Metaphor, Jerome Feldman proposes a theory of language and thought that treats language not as an abstract symbol system but as a human biological ability that can be studied as a function of the brain, as vision and motor control are studied. This theory, he writes, is a "bridging theory" that works from extensive knowledge at two ends of a causal chain to explicate the links between. Although the cognitive sciences are revealing much about how our brains produce language and thought, we do not yet know exactly how words are understood or have any methodology for finding out. Feldman develops his theory in computer simulations -- formal models that suggest ways that language and thought may be realized in the brain. Combining key findings and theories from biology, computer science, linguistics, and psychology, Feldman synthesizes a theory by exhibiting programs that demonstrate the required behavior while remaining consistent with the findings from all disciplines.After presenting the essential results on language, learning, neural computation, the biology of neurons and neural circuits, and the mind/brain, Feldman introduces specific demonstrations and formal models of such topics as how children learn their first words, words for abstract and metaphorical concepts, understanding stories, and grammar (including "hot-button" issues surrounding the innateness of human grammar). With this accessible, comprehensive book Feldman offers readers who want to understand how our brains create thought and language a theory of language that is intuitively plausible and also consistent with existing scientific data at all levels.

Embodied Mind Meaning And Reason

Author : Mark Johnson
ISBN : 9780226500256
Genre : Philosophy
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Introduction: bringing the body to mind -- Cognitive science and Dewey's theory of mind, thought, and language -- Cowboy bill rides herd on the range of consciousness -- We are live creatures: embodiment, American pragmatism, and the cognitive organism / Mark Johnson and Tim Rohrer -- The meaning of the body -- The philosophical significance of image schemas -- Action, embodied meaning, and thought -- Knowing through the body -- Embodied realism and truth incarnate -- Why the body matters

Metaphor From The Ground Up

Author : Daniel C. Strack
ISBN : 9781498547918
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Cross-referencing neurobiological knowledge with the invariance hypothesis, relevance theory, and frame semantics, Metaphor from the Ground Up: Understanding Figurative Language in Context unifies metaphor theory, fundamentally rethinks “context,” and moves linguistics into the twenty-first century.

Sensory Perceptions In Language Embodiment And Epistemology

Author : Annalisa Baicchi
ISBN : 9783319912776
Genre : Philosophy
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The book illustrates how the human ability to adapt to the environment and interact with it can explain our linguistic representation of the world as constrained by our bodies and sensory perception. The different chapters discuss philosophical, scientific, and linguistic perspectives on embodiment and body perception, highlighting the core mechanisms humans employ to acquire knowledge of reality. These processes are based on sensory experience and interaction through communication.

A Glossary Of Cognitive Linguistics

Author : Vyvyan Evans
ISBN : UOM:39015079267269
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Cognitive linguistics is one of the most rapidly expanding schools in linguistics. A mature intellectual movement with a large international community of active scholars, cognitive linguistics is a fast growing approach to language and mind within cognitive science with an impressive and complex technical vocabulary. This alphabetic guide gives an up-to-date introduction to the key terms in cognitive linguistics, covering all the major theories, approaches, ideas, and many relevant theoretical constructs. A Glossary of Cognitive Linguistics also features a brief introduction to cognitive linguistics, a detailed annotated reading list, and a listing of some key researchers in cognitive linguistics. Key Features: -A handy and easy to understand pocket guide for anyone embarking on courses in cognitive linguistics or language and the mind -Numerous cross-references to related terms -Coverage of newer areas such as Radical Construction Grammar, Embodied Construction Grammar, Primary Metaphor Theory, and Principled Polysemy Linguistics Distribution is limited to Canada and the United States

Contextual Bootstrapping For Grammar Learning

Author : Eva H. Mok
ISBN : UCAL:C3497152
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Understanding The Self

Author : Jenny Simone Lederer
ISBN : UCAL:C3511290
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Constructing Grammar

Author : Nancy Chih-Lin Chang
ISBN : UCAL:C3490521
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Best Fit Constructional Analysis

Author : John Edward Bryant
ISBN : UCAL:C3486953
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Meaning In Mind And Society

Author : Peter Harder
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Cognitive Linguistics is becoming increasingly oriented towards the social dimension. This book describes this development and discusses some central issues for the emerging socio-cognitive synthesis. Mapping out the territory from individual embodied meaning to discourse struggles, it suggests principles for an analysis of the relation between conceptual and social processes.

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