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The Spatial Foundations of Language and Cognition$
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Kelly S. Mix, Linda B. Smith, and Michael Gasser

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199553242

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199553242.001.0001

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Language Is Spatial, Not Special: On the Demise of the Symbolic Approximation Hypothesis

Language Is Spatial, Not Special: On the Demise of the Symbolic Approximation Hypothesis

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(p.16) 2 Language Is Spatial, Not Special: On the Demise of the Symbolic Approximation Hypothesis
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The Spatial Foundations of Language and Cognition
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Michael J. Spivey (Contributor Webpage)

Daniel C. Richardson

Carlos A. Zednik

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199553242.003.0002

Cognitive science has made as much progress as possible with theories of discrete amodal symbolic computation that too coarsely approximate the neural processes underlying cognition. We describe a collection of studies indicating that internal cognitive processes are often constructed of analog spatial formats of representation, not unlike the topographic maps that populate so much of mammalian cortex. These findings point to a view of language in which, far from being a specialized module performing computations on discrete logical symbols, linguistic ability is an emergent property that opportunistically draws from the existing topographic representational formats of perceptual and motor processes.

Keywords:   language, space, memory, eye movements, attention, cognitive linguistics

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