Semantic typology and spatial conceptualization

Language Vol/Iss. 74(3) Linguistic Society of America Published In Pages: 557-589
By Pederson, Eric, Danziger, Eve, Wilkins, David, Levinson, Stephen C., Kita, Sotaro, Senft, Gunter


The authors design and implement two tasks requiring linguistic and non-linguistic spatial reference across a linguistically-diverse sample in order to examine the relationship between language and cognition cross-culturally. The results, which indicate large conceptual variation in frame of spatial reference across as well as strong correlation between use of absolute descriptors and absolute cognitive representations within language communities, suggest that language structure may actively shape the systems of spatial representation available to different cultural groups.


Sample Used Coded Data Comment
Researcher's ownResearcher's ownThirteen mostly 'traditional' language communities from ten diverse language families

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