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Concepts in the Brain: The View From Cross-linguistic Diversity

David Kemmerer


For most native English speakers, the meanings of words like “blue,” “cup,” “stumble,” and “carve” seem quite natural. Research in semantic typology has shown, however, that they are far from universal. Although the roughly 6,500 languages around the world have many similarities in the sorts of concepts they encode, they also vary greatly in how they partition particular conceptual domains, how they map those domains onto syntactic categories, which distinctions they force speakers to habitually track, and how deeply they weave certain notions into the fabric of their grammar. Although these i ... More

Keywords: concept, semantics, language, brain, cognition, consciousness, typology, neuroscience, neurolinguistics, psycholinguistics

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190682620
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190682620.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Kemmerer, author
Purdue University

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