Perspectives on Abstract Concepts

Cognition, language and communication

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| University of Oxford
| University of Amsterdam
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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
ix
Acknowledgments
xi–xii
Introduction
Marianna Bolognesi and Gerard J. Steen
1–13
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
17–42
Chapter 2. Abstract concepts and the activation of mouth-hand effectors
Claudia Mazzuca and Anna Maria Borghi
43–57
Chapter 3. Inferential processing with concrete vs. abstract words and visual cortex
Fabrizio Calzavarini
59–74
Chapter 4. Are abstract concepts grounded in bodily mimesis?
Anna Jelec
75–99
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
101–118
Part II. Abstract concepts in language
Chapter 6. Determinants of abstractness and concreteness and their persuasive effects
Lettica Hustinx and Wilbert Spooren
121–143
Chapter 7. Acceptability properties of abstract senses in copredication
Elliot Murphy
145–165
Chapter 8. Different degrees of abstraction from visual cues in processing concrete nouns
Francesca Franzon and Chiara Zanini
167–184
Chapter 9. Cognitive and linguistic aspects of composition in German particle verbs
Sylvia Springorum, Hans Kamp and Sabine Schulte im Walde
185–214
Chapter 10. Metaphor in action: Action verbs and abstract meaning
Alessandro Panunzi and Paola Vernillo
215–237
Part III. Abstract concepts in communication
Chapter 11. Abstract concepts in development: Spontaneous production of complex words in Swedish child language
Maria Rosenberg
241–261
Chapter 12. The development of the abstract scientific concept of heat energy in a naturalistic classroom setting
Sally Zacharias
263–285
Chapter 13. Time domain matrix modeling in cognitive linguistic research
Ievgeniia Bondarenko
287–311
Analytical index
313–315
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFD – Psycholinguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009040 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Psycholinguistics
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2019002806