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Levels of embodied meaning: From pointing to counterfactuals

Manuel de Vega

in Symbols and Embodiment

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199217274
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191696060 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217274.003.0014
Levels of embodied meaning: From pointing to counterfactuals

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This chapter examines the nature of meaning (embodied versus symbolic) in the light of linguistic reference. It proposes three levels of reference differing in their computational demands, and presumably in the quality or degree of embodied representations — on-line reference, displaced reference, and decoupled reference. It presents some evidence of embodied meaning in on-line and displaced reference. It explores the idea that the two kinds of reference may involve different degrees of embodied cognition.

Keywords: embodied meaning; symbolic; linguistic reference; on-line reference; displace reference; decoupled reference; embodied cognition

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Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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