Functional Features in Language and Space: Insights from Perception, Categorization, and Development

Paperback | December 16, 2004

EditorLaura Carlson, Emile Van Der Zee

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The notions of 'function', 'feature' and 'functional feature' are associated with relatively new developments and insights in several areas of cognition. This book brings together different definitions, insights and research related to defining these notions from such diverse areas aslanguage, perception, categorization and development. Each of the contributors in this book explicitly defines the notion of 'function', 'feature' or 'functional feature' within their own theoretical framework, presents research in which such a notion plays a pivotal role, and discusses thecontribution of functional features in relation to their insights in a particular area of cognition. As such, this book not only presents new developments devoted to defining 'function', 'feature' and 'functional feature' in several sub-disciplines of cognitive science, but also offers a focusedaccount of how these notions operate within the cognitive interface linking language and spatial representation. All book chapters are accessible for the interested novice, and offer the specialized researcher new empirical and theoretical insights into defining function, both with respect to thelanguage and space interface and across cognition. The introduction to the book presents the reader with the main issues and viewpoints that are discussed in more detail in each of the book chapters.

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The notions of 'function', 'feature' and 'functional feature' are associated with relatively new developments and insights in several areas of cognition. This book brings together different definitions, insights and research related to defining these notions from such diverse areas aslanguage, perception, categorization and development...

Laura Carlson is Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Notre Dame. Her publications include journal articles published in Psychological Science, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human, Perception and Performance,Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Co...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.87 inPublished:December 16, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Laura Carlson and Emile van der Zee: Introducing the role of features in language and space2. Linda B. Smith: Shape: A developmental product3. Brian J. Rogosky and Robert L. Goldstone: Adaptation of Perceptual and Semantic Features4. Ranxiao Frances Wang: Dissociation between verbal and pointing responding in perspective change problems5. Paul C. Quinn: Developmental Constraints on the Representation of Spatial Relation Information: Evidence from Preverbal Infants6. Rajesh Kasturirangan: An Ecological Approach to the Interface between Language and Vision7. Kenny Coventry and Simon Garrod: Towards a classification of extra-geometric influences on the comprehension of spatial prepositions8. Lawrence W. Barsalou, Steven A. Sloman, and Sergio E. Chaigneau: The HIPE Theory of Function9. Laura A. Carlson and Edwin R. Covell: Defining function for spatial language10. Terry Regier, Laura A. Carlson, Bryce Corrigan: Attention in spatial language: Bridging geometry and function11. Kelly L. Madole and Lisa M. Oakes: Infants' attention to and use of functional properties in categorization12. Claude Vandeloise: Force and function in the acquisition of the preposition in13. Sandeep Prasada: Being near the ceramic, but not near the mug: On the role of construal in spatial language14. Arthur M. Glenberg and Michael P. Kaschak: Language is Grounded in Action15. Manuel de Vega and Maria J. Rodrigo: The bicycle pedal is in front of the table. Why some objects do not fit into some spatial relations16. Emile van der Zee and Matthew Watson: Between space and function: How spatial and functional features determine the comprehension of between17. Lynn V. Richards and Kenny Coventry: Is it in or is it on? The influence of geometry and location control on children's descriptions of containment and support events.18. Carola Eschenbach: Contextual, Functional, and Geometric Components in the Semantics of Projective Terms19. Christopher Habel: Verbs and Directions: The interaction of geometry and function in determining orientation20. Urpo Nikanne: Path expressions in Finnish and Swedish: The role of constructions21. Barbara Tversky: Form and Function

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"The quality of all papers is consistently high...already the book...is cited and referred to frequently in related work. ...a valuable source for insights with respect to issues around structure and function, language, and space."--Linguist List 16.2207