Mental States

Volume 1: Evolution, function, nature

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| University of New England
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Collecting the work of linguists, psychologists, neuroscientists, archaeologists, artificial intelligence researchers and philosophers this volume presents a richly varied picture of the nature and function of mental states. Starting from questions about the cognitive capacities of the early hominin homo floresiensis, the essays proceed to the role mental representations play in guiding the behaviour of simple organisms and robots, thence to the question of which features of its environment the human brain represents and the extent to which complex cognitive skills such as language acquisition and comprehension are impaired when the brain lacks certain important neural structures. Other papers explore topics ranging from nativism to the presumed constancy of categorization across signed and spoken languages, from the formal representation of metaphor, actions and vague language to philosophical questions about conceptual schemes and colours. Anyone interested in mental states will find much to reward them in this fine volume.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 92]  2007.  xii, 304 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Preface
vii
List of contributors
ix–xi
1. Mental states: Evolution, function, nature
Drew Khlentzos and Andrea C. Schalley
1–10
2. Lithic design space modelling and cognition in Homo floresiensis
Mark W. Moore
11–33
3. "As large as you need and as small as you can": Implications of the brain size of Homo floresiensis
Iain Davidson
35–42
4. Homo on Flores: Some early implications for the evolution of language and cognition
Michael J. Morwood and Dorothea Cogill-Koez
43–73
5. Evolving artificial minds and brains
Pete Mandik, Mike Collins and Alex Vereschagin
75–94
6. Multi-agent communication, planning, and collaboration based on perceptions, conceptions, and simulations
Peter Gärdenfors and Mary-Anne Williams
95–121
7. The modal-logical interpretation of the causation of bodily actions
Hiroyuki Nishina
123–152
8. Do we access object manipulability while we categorize? Evidence from reaction time studies
Anna Maria Borghi, Claudia Bonfiglioli, Paola Ricciardelli, Sandro Rubichi and Roberto Nicoletti
153–170
9. Speaking without the cerebellum: Language skills in a young adult with near total cerebellar agenesis
Alessandro Tavano, Franco Fabbro and Renato Borgatti
171–189
10. Ontologies as a cue for the metaphorical meaning of technical concepts
Helmar Gust, Kai-Uwe Kühnberger and Ute Schmid
191–212
11. Anti-realist assumptions and challenges in philosophy of mind
Drew Khlentzos
213–232
12. Vagueness, supertranslatability, and conceptual schemes
Arcady Blinov
233–246
13. Visual representation in a natural communication system: What can signed languages reveal about categorisation across different modes of representation?
Dorothea Cogill-Koez
247–274
14. Hidden units in child language
Stephen Crain, Takuya Goro and Utako Minai
275–294
Name index
295–298
Subject index
299–302
Table of contents of volume 2
303–304
Subjects
BIC Subject: CFD – Psycholinguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2007033516