Language and embodiment-Or the cognitive benefits of abstract representations

Autor(en): Kompa, Nikola A.
Stichwörter: abstract representations; BRAIN MECHANISMS; cognitive control; CONTEXT; embodiment; EMPIRICISM; EVOLUTION; EXECUTIVE FUNCTION; FLEXIBILITY; HYPOTHESIS; labels; Linguistics; loops; MODALITY; MOTOR; neo-empiricism; NETWORKS; Psychology; Psychology, Experimental
Erscheinungsdatum: 2021
Herausgeber: WILEY
Volumen: 36
Ausgabe: 1
Startseite: 27
Seitenende: 47
Cognition, it is often heard nowadays, is embodied. My concern is with embodied accounts of language comprehension. First, the basic idea will be outlined and some of the evidence that has been put forward in their favor will be examined. Second, their empiricist heritage and their conception of abstract ideas will be discussed. Third, an objection will be raised according to which embodied accounts underestimate the cognitive functions language fulfills. The remainder of the paper will be devoted to arguing for the cognitive indispensability of non-embodied, abstract representations by highlighting some of the cognitive benefits they bestow upon us.
ISSN: 02681064
DOI: 10.1111/mila.12266

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