Cognitive Interfaces: Constraints on Linking Cognitive Information

Paperback | February 1, 2001

EditorEmile van der Zee, Urpo Nikanne

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This book seeks to explain fundamental aspects of the relationship between language and cognition. It brings new perspectives to bear on the architecture of mind and brain and explores the relationship between language and cognition. It considers how information is linked between differentcognitive levels so that, for example, it is possible to explain how people can talk about what they see. In the opening chapter the editors address the general issues underlying current research on cognitive interfaces and set each chapter in context. The book is then divided into four parts. Parts One and Two discuss the properties of two interfaces: (a) the conceptual-to-syntactic structureinterface and (b) the conceptual-to-spatial structure interface. Part Three examines constraints on the lexical interface by looking at properties of the former two interfaces at the word level. Part Four considers how the neural architecture of the brain constrains mapping relations between different kinds of cognitive information. The authors, drawn from experimental psychology, linguistics, and computer science, together offer a convincing demonstration of the value of an interdisciplinary approach to understanding how different kinds of cognitive information are linked in the mind and brain to perform different cognitivetasks.

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This book seeks to explain fundamental aspects of the relationship between language and cognition. It brings new perspectives to bear on the architecture of mind and brain and explores the relationship between language and cognition. It considers how information is linked between differentcognitive levels so that, for example, it is po...

Emile van der Zee is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the Department of Psychology, University of Lincolnshire and Humberside. His publications include Spatial Knowledge and Spatial Language. Urpo Nikanne is Professor of Finnish at the Department of East European and Oriental Studies, University of Oslo, Norway. His publications inclu...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.63 inPublished:February 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Emile van der Zee and Urpo Nikanne: Introducing Cognitive Interfaces and Constraints on Linking Cognitive InformationI: Constraints on the Conceptual Structure to Syntactic Structure Interface2. Christer Platzack: Multiple Interfaces3. Lars Hellan: Constituent Linking Between Conceptual Structure and Syntactic StructureII: Constraints on the Conceptual Structure to Spatial Structure Interface4. Urpo Nikanne: Some Restrictions in Linguistic Expressions of Spatial Movement5. Laura Carlson-Radvansky: Object Use and Object Location: The effect of function on spatial relations6. David J. Bryant, Barbara Tversky, and Margaret Lanca: Retrieving Spatial Relations from Observation and MemoryIII: Constraints on the Lexical Interface7. Emile van der Zee: Why We can Talk about Bulging Barrels and Spinning Spirals: Curvature representation in the lexical interfaceIV: Constraints on 'Interfaces' from a Connectionistic Perspective8. Michael Gasser, Eliana Colunga, and Linda B. Smith: Developing Relations9. Jon Slack: Temporal Bounds on Interfaces