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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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It's in the Eye of the Beholder: Spatial Language and Spatial Memory Use the Same Perceptual Reference Frames

It's in the Eye of the Beholder: Spatial Language and Spatial Memory Use the Same Perceptual Reference Frames

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(p.102) 6 It's in the Eye of the Beholder: Spatial Language and Spatial Memory Use the Same Perceptual Reference Frames
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The Spatial Foundations of Language and Cognition
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John Lipinski

John P. Spencer

Larissa K. Samuelson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199553242.003.0006

It's in the Eye of the Beholder: Spatial Language and Spatial Memory Use the Same Perceptual Reference Frames Lipinski et al.Spatial language provides an effective domain to examine the connection between non‐linguistic and linguistic systems because it is an unambiguous case of linguistic and sensori‐motor systems coming together. In the present work we use a process‐based theory of spatial working memory—the Dynamic Field Theory—to generate and test novel predictions regarding the time‐dependent link between spatial memory and spatial language. Our analysis and empirical findings suggest that focusing on the processes underlying spatial language, rather than representations per se, can produce more constrained theories of the connection between sensorimotor and linguistic systems.

Keywords:   spatial language, spatial cognition, spatial memory, dynamic systems, spatial representation

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