Perspectives on Abstract Concepts

Cognition, language and communication

| University of Oxford
| University of Amsterdam
ISBN 9789027203182 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027262523 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
Human language is the most powerful communication system that evolution has produced. Within this system, we can talk about things we can physically see, such as cats and tables, but also about more abstract entities, such as theories and feelings. But how are these abstract concepts grounded in human cognition and represented in the mind? How are they constructed in language? And how are they used in natural communication settings?

This book addresses these questions through a collection of studies that relate to various theoretical frameworks, ranging from Conceptual Metaphor Theory to Words as Social Tools. Contributors investigate how abstract concepts are grounded in the mind, represented in language, and used in verbal discourse. This richness is matched by a range of methods used throughout the volume, from neuroimaging to computational modeling, and from behavioral experiments to corpus analyses.

[Human Cognitive Processing, 65]  2019.  xii, 315 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of contributors
Marianna Bolognesi and Gerard J. Steen
Part I. Abstract concepts in the mind
Chapter 1. The relevance of specific semantic categories in investigating the neural bases of abstract and concrete semantics
Felix R. Dreyer and Friedemann Pulvermüller
Chapter 2. Abstract concepts and the activation of mouth-hand effectors
Claudia Mazzuca and Anna Maria Borghi
Chapter 3. Inferential processing with concrete vs. abstract words and visual cortex
Fabrizio Calzavarini
Chapter 4. Are abstract concepts grounded in bodily mimesis?
Anna Jelec
Chapter 5. Is the acoustic modality relevant for abstract concepts? A study with the Extrinsic Simon task
Elisa Scerrati, Luisa Lugli, Roberto Nicoletti and Anna Maria Borghi
Part II. Abstract concepts in language
Chapter 6. Determinants of abstractness and concreteness and their persuasive effects
Lettica Hustinx and Wilbert Spooren
Chapter 7. Acceptability properties of abstract senses in copredication
Elliot Murphy
Chapter 8. Different degrees of abstraction from visual cues in processing concrete nouns
Francesca Franzon and Chiara Zanini
Chapter 9. Cognitive and linguistic aspects of composition in German particle verbs
Sylvia Springorum, Hans Kamp and Sabine Schulte im Walde
Chapter 10. Metaphor in action: Action verbs and abstract meaning
Alessandro Panunzi and Paola Vernillo
Part III. Abstract concepts in communication
Chapter 11. Abstract concepts in development: Spontaneous production of complex words in Swedish child language
Maria Rosenberg
Chapter 12. The development of the abstract scientific concept of heat energy in a naturalistic classroom setting
Sally Zacharias
Chapter 13. Time domain matrix modeling in cognitive linguistic research
Ievgeniia Bondarenko
Analytical index

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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2019002806 | Marc record