Language comprehension is both embodied and symbolic

Max Louwerse and Patrick Jeuniaux

in Symbols and Embodiment

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199217274
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191696060 | DOI:
Language comprehension is both embodied and symbolic

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This chapter argues that language comprehension is both embodied and symbolic. It notes that according to the symbol interdependency hypothesis comprehenders can ultimately ground symbols, but they also can rely on interdepndencies across symbols as a shortcut to the meaning of words. It provides an overview of the evidence supporting this hypothesis suggesting that embodied representations are activated under certain conditions and ultimately tend to be encoded in language structures.

Keywords: language comprehension; embodied; symbolic; symbol interdependency hypothesis; symbols

Chapter.  9156 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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