Force and Function in the Acquisition of the Preposition in
Containment, an essential relation in the activities of human beings, has an important role in the development of the spatial uses of the preposition in. The preposition in is often defined in terms of static properties such as topological inclusion or geometric concavity. This chapter presents envelopment and concavity as consequences of the function of containment. Whereas all properties of containment are met for many uses of in, some extensions are justified by only some properties. These properties, thus behave as the features of a family resemblance. Because of this representation, containment is a complex concept. It may be called
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