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Functional Features in Language and Space: Insights from Perception, Categorization, and Development

Laura Carlson and Emile van der Zee


The notions of ‘function’, ‘feature’, and ‘functional feature’ are associated with relatively new developments and insights in several areas of cognition. This book brings together different definitions, insights, and research related to defining these notions from such diverse areas as language, perception, categorization, and development. Each of the contributors in this book explicitly defines the notion of ‘function’, ‘feature’, or ‘functional feature’ within their own theoretical framework, presents research in which such a notion plays a pivotal role, and discusses the contribution of fu ... More

Keywords: cognition, language, perception, categorization, development, definitions, spatial representation, function, feature, functional feature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199264339
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264339.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura Carlson, editor
University of Notre Dame
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Emile van der Zee, editor
University of Lincoln



Part One—Features: Derived from Perception, Action, and Embodiment

Part Two—Function: Definitions and Influence

Part Three—Features that are Functional: Categorization, Learning, and Language

Part Four—The Pervasiveness of Functional Features in Language and Space