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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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Talk About Motion: The Semantic Representation of Verbs by Motion Dynamics

Talk About Motion: The Semantic Representation of Verbs by Motion Dynamics

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(p.235) 11 Talk About Motion: The Semantic Representation of Verbs by Motion Dynamics
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The Spatial Foundations of Language and Cognition
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Erin N. Cannon

Paul R. Cohen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199553242.003.0011

In this chapter we propose that word choice, particularly the utterance of a verb, is conditioned on situations containing representations of abstracted movement patterns from the environment. We begin by defining and exploring this theory of word meaning, and review of the developmental literature demonstrating the human sensitivity to meaningful movement patterns through space. We provide one account, P. R. Cohen's Maps for Verbs framework, as support for this hypothesis.

Keywords:   verb learning, event representation, semantics, language acquisition

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