Language Diversity and Cognitive Representations
Catherine Fuchs | LLACAN-CNRS, Paris
Stéphane Robert | LLACAN-CNRS, Paris
Significant new developments in brain activity research have revived the debate on the universality of language and its neural basis. Within this debate, the question of language diversity and its implications for cognition remains central and controversial. It is here investigated in an original multimodal approach, covering various aspects of cross-linguistic variation, differences between spoken, signed and drum languages, between normal speech and pathological speech, and also between language and music, as revealed in electric brain activity associated with language processing. The various contributions (linguistic, anthropological, psychological and neurophysical) on the nature and status of variation and invariants in language provides evidence for complex interactions between language-specific processes and general cognitive faculties. This overview of some recent trends in cognitive linguistics opens up a promising new research area in the humanities as well as in the cognitive sciences.
[Human Cognitive Processing, 3] 1999. x, 229 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
IntroductionCatherine Fuchs | p. vii
I: Semantic Variations and Invariance: Cognitive Issues
Diversity in linguistic representations: A challenge for cognitionCatherine Fuchs | p. 3
Cognitive invariants and linguistic variability: From units to utteranceStéphane Robert | p. 21
Subjectivity, invariance, and the development of forms in the construction of linguistic representationsAntoine Culioli | p. 37
Language evolution and semantic representations: A case study of the evolution from “subjectivity” to “objectivity” in FrenchChristiane Marchello-Nizia | p. 53
II: Conceptualization and Representations of Space across Languages
Spatial orientation in some Austronesian languagesFrançoise Ozanne-Rivierre | p. 73
Language space and sociolect: Cognitive correlates of gendere speech in Mopan MayaEve Danziger | p. 85
Localization and predication: Ancient geek and various other languagesHansjakob Seiler | p. 107
The expression of spatial relations and the spatialization of semantic relations in French Sign LanguageChristian Cuxac | p. 123
III: Language Activity: From Linguistic to Cognitive Processes
From natural language to drum language: An economical encoding procedure in Banda-Linda, Central African RepublicFrance Cloarec-Heiss | p. 145
Electrical signs of language in the brainMarta Kutas | p. 159
Linguistic variations and cognitive constraints in the processing and acquisition of languageMichèle Kail | p. 179
Universal vs. language-specific constraints in agrammatic aphasia. Is comparatism back?Jean-Luc Nespoulous | p. 195
Schizophasia and cognitive dysfunctionBernard Pachoud | p. 209
Index | p. 221
Subject index | p. 221
Author index | p. 225
Language index | p. 228
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