Space in Language and Cognition

Space in Language and Cognition

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Spatial orientation and direction are core areas of human and animal thinking. But, unlike animals, human populations vary considerably in their spatial thinking. Revealing that these differences correlate with language (which is probably mostly responsible for the different cognitive styles), this book includes many cross-cultural studies investigating spatial memory, reasoning, types of gesture and wayfinding abilities. It explains the relationship between language and cognition and cross-cultural differences in thinking to students of language and the cognitive sciences.(Absolute notions of space may though be related to cognitive maps of the environment - discussed under the rubric of ... relative space became associated with egocentric coordinate systems, and absolute space with non-egocentric onesanbsp;...

Title:Space in Language and Cognition
Author:Stephen C. Levinson
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2003-03-20


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