David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Cognitive Science 36 (1):102-129 (2012)
This study investigated the relative contribution of perception/cognition and language-specific semantics in nonverbal categorization of spatial relations. English and Korean speakers completed a video-based similarity judgment task involving containment, support, tight fit, and loose fit. Both perception/cognition and language served as resources for categorization, and allocation between the two depended on the target relation and the features contrasted in the choices. Whereas perceptual/cognitive salience for containment and tight-fit features guided categorization in many contexts, language-specific semantics influenced categorization where the two features competed for similarity judgment and when the target relation was tight support, a domain where spatial relations are perceptually diverse. In the latter contexts, each group categorized more in line with semantics of their language, that is, containment/support for English and tight/loose fit for Korean. We conclude that language guides spatial categorization when perception/cognition alone is not sufficient. In this way, language is an integral part of our cognitive domain of space
|Keywords||Language and thought Spatial categorization Language and perception/cognition Spatial cognition Language‐specific semantics Spatial semantics|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
S. Gennari (2002). Motion Events in Language and Cognition. Cognition 83 (1):49-79.
Susan J. Hespos & Renée Baillargeon (2001). Reasoning About Containment Events in Very Young Infants. Cognition 78 (3):207-245.
Mutsumi Imai & Dedre Gentner (1997). A Cross-Linguistic Study of Early Word Meaning: Universal Ontology and Linguistic Influence. Cognition 62 (2):169-200.
Peggy Li & Lila Gleitman (2002). Turning the Tables: Language and Spatial Reasoning. Cognition 83 (3):265-294.
John A. Lucy & Suzanne Gaskins (2003). Interaction of Language Type and Referent Type in the Development of Nonverbal Classification Preferences. In Dedre Getner & Susan Goldin-Meadow (eds.), Language in Mind: Advances in the Study of Language and Thought. Mit Press. 465--492.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Emmanuel M. Pothos (2005). The Rules Versus Similarity Distinction. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 28 (1):1-14.
Ray S. Jackendoff (1983). Semantics And Cognition. Cambridge: Mit Press.
Madeleine Keehner (2011). Spatial Cognition Through the Keyhole: How Studying a Real-World Domain Can Inform Basic Science—and Vice Versa. Topics in Cognitive Science 3 (4):632-647.
Jörg R. J. Schirra (1993). A Contribution to Reference Semantics of Spatial Prepositions: The Visualization Problem and its Solution in Vitra. In Cornelia Zelinsky-Wibbelt (ed.), [Book Chapter]. Mouton de Gruyter.
Glenn Gunzelmann (2011). Introduction to the Topic on Modeling Spatial Cognition. Topics in Cognitive Science 3 (4):628-631.
Yasmina Jraissati (2013). Proving Universalism Wrong Does Not Prove Relativism Right: Considerations on the Ongoing Color Categorization Debate. Philosophical Psychology (3):1-24.
Marco Mirolli & Domenico Parisi (2009). Language as a Cognitive Tool. Minds and Machines 19 (4):517-528.
Anna Papafragou (2002). Shake, Rattle, 'N' Roll: The Representation of Motion in Language and Cognition. Cognition 84 (2):189-219.
Yasmina Jraissati (2012). Categorical Perception of Color: Assessing the Role of Language. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 36 (3):439-462.
Cornelia Zelinsky-Wibbelt (2000). Discourse and the Continuity of Reference: Representing Mental Categorization. Mouton De Gruyter.
Robert J. Hartsuiker & Martin J. Pickering (2001). A Common Framework for Language Comprehension and Language Production? Behavioral and Brain Sciences 24 (5):887-888.
Don Dedrick (1997). Colour Categorization and the Space Between Perception and Language. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 20 (2):187-188.
Gregory Ashby & Michael B. Casale (2005). Empirical Dissociations Between Rule-Based and Similarity-Based Categorization. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 28 (1):15-16.
Added to index2011-10-05
Total downloads15 ( #109,774 of 1,102,917 )
Recent downloads (6 months)9 ( #24,605 of 1,102,917 )
How can I increase my downloads?