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Symbols and EmbodimentDebates on meaning and cognition$
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Manuel de Vega, Arthur Glenberg, and Arthur Graesser

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199217274

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217274.001.0001

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Language comprehension is both embodied and symbolic

Language comprehension is both embodied and symbolic

(p.309) Chapter 15 Language comprehension is both embodied and symbolic
Symbols and Embodiment

Max Louwerse

Patrick Jeuniaux

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that language comprehension is both embodied and symbolic. It notes that according to the symbol interdependency hypothesis comprehenders can ultimately ground symbols, but they also can rely on interdepndencies across symbols as a shortcut to the meaning of words. It provides an overview of the evidence supporting this hypothesis suggesting that embodied representations are activated under certain conditions and ultimately tend to be encoded in language structures.

Keywords:   language comprehension, embodied, symbolic, symbol interdependency hypothesis, symbols

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