Symbol Grounding

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| University of Plymouth
| University of Hertfordshire
| Indiana University
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When explaining cognition one must explain how representations in the mind, or symbols, become meaningful by connecting to the external world. This process of connecting symbols with sensorimotor experiences is known as symbol grounding. The classical view of symbol grounding is that it is an individual process: a person or machine interacts with the environment and associates symbols with external experiences.

This volume contains views from different disciplines – ranging from psychology to robotics – on how this view can be extended by first extending symbol grounding to encompass semiotics and by showing how the classical view exaggerates the importance of written language: grounding does not necessarily involve written notations, but rather language is an external cognitive resource that allows us to acquire categories and concepts. Secondly, as symbol grounding relies on language to acquire and coordinate the process and language is a dynamical process rooted in both culture and biology, symbol grounding by extension is also sensitive to culture, emotion and embodiment.

The contributions to this volume were previously published in Interaction Studies 8:1 (2007).

[Benjamins Current Topics, 21]  2009.  v, 167 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Foreword
Tony Belpaeme and Stephen J. Cowley
1–7
Grounding symbols in the physics of speech communication
Simon F. Worgan and Robert I. Damper
9–32
Social symbol grounding and language evolution
Paul Vogt and Federico Divina
33–53
How many words can my robot learn? An approach and experiments with one-class learning
Luís Seabra Lopes and Aneesh Chauhan
55–83
How human infants deal with symbol grounding
Stephen J. Cowley
85–106
Semiotic symbols and the missing theory of thinking
Robert Clowes
107–126
The acquired language of thought hypothesis: A theory of symbol grounding
Christopher Viger
127–144
Afterword: Life after the symbol system metaphor
Karl F. MacDorman
145–159
Index
161–167
“The symbol grounding problem continues to stir lively debate among philosophers and cognitive scientists, particularly because AI researchers and roboticists have recently made very concrete proposals on how symbols can become grounded through situated language games played by embodied autonomous agents. This book is full of valuable contributions to the debate. It contains not only conceptual contributions but also new experiments as well as comparisons to child language acquisition and implications for neuroscience.”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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