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The Spatial Foundations of Language and Cognition

Edited by Kelly S. Mix, Linda B. Smith and Michael Gasser

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780199553242
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191720444 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199553242.001.0001

Series: Explorations in Language and Space

The Spatial Foundations of Language and Cognition

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In this book, we ask how space, language, and thought interact in learning and development. This encompasses not only how children learn about space and spatial language, but also how language and cognition are grounded in space. People think and act in a spatial medium. How does this impact language learning? How does it frame human concepts? Does the acquisition of language change the way we experience space? The chapters gathered here represent a broad range of perspectives on these questions. They are authored by experts in cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, computer science, philosophy, and linguistics.

Keywords: space; spatial language; cognition; language learning; human concepts; cognitive psychology; developmental psychology; computer science; philosophy; linguistics

Book.  328 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Semantics

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Minds in Space in The Spatial Foundations of Language and Cognition

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Spatial Tools for Mathematical Thought in The Spatial Foundations of Language and Cognition

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Time, Motion, and Meaning: The Experiential Basis of Abstract Thought in The Spatial Foundations of Language and Cognition

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Perspectives on Spatial Development in The Spatial Foundations of Language and Cognition

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Tethering to the World, Coming Undone in The Spatial Foundations of Language and Cognition

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Encoding Space in Spatial Language in The Spatial Foundations of Language and Cognition

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Objects in Space and Mind: From Reaching to Words in The Spatial Foundations of Language and Cognition

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The Role of the Body in Infant Language Learning in The Spatial Foundations of Language and Cognition

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