Words and the Mind: How words capture human experience by Barbara Malt,Phillip Wolff PDF

By Barbara Malt,Phillip Wolff

ISBN-10: 0195311124

ISBN-13: 9780195311129

The research of observe meanings can provide vital insights into the character of the human brain by means of revealing what humans locate to be such a lot cognitively major of their adventure. although, as we research extra concerning the semantics of assorted languages, we're confronted with a fascinating challenge. diverse languages appear to be telling us varied tales concerning the brain. for instance, vital differences made in a single language aren't inevitably made in others. What are we to make of those cross-linguistic modifications? How do they come up? Are they created by means of in simple terms linguistic methods working over the process language evolution? Or do they mirror basic changes in inspiration? during this sea of modifications, are there any semantic universals? Which different types should be given by way of the genes, which through tradition, and which through language? And what could the cross-linguistic similarities and alterations give a contribution to our knowing of conceptual and linguistic improvement? the categories of mapping ideas, constructions, and approaches that hyperlink language and non-linguistic wisdom needs to accommodate not only one language however the wealthy range that has been uncovered.

The integration of information and methodologies precious for actual growth in answering those questions has occurred just recently, as experimental methods were utilized to the cross-linguistic learn of note which means. In Words and the Mind, Barbara Malt and Phillip Wolff current facts from the major researchers who're conducting this empirical paintings on subject matters as assorted as spatial kin, occasions, emotion phrases, movement occasions, items, body-part phrases, causation, colour different types, and relational different types. through bringing them jointly, Malt and Wolff spotlight probably the most interesting cross-linguistic and cross-cultural paintings at the language-thought interface, from a huge array of fields together with linguistics, anthropology, cognitive and developmental psychology, and cognitive neuropsychology. Their effects offer a few solutions to those questions and new views at the matters surrounding them.

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