Perspectives on Abstract Concepts

Cognition, language and communication

ORCID logoMarianna Bolognesi | University of Oxford
Gerard J. Steen | University of Amsterdam
ISBN 9789027203182 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027262523 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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Human language is the most powerful communication system that evolution has produced. Within this system, we can talk about things we can physically see, such as cats and tables, but also about more abstract entities, such as theories and feelings. But how are these abstract concepts grounded in human cognition and represented in the mind? How are they constructed in language? And how are they used in natural communication settings?

This book addresses these questions through a collection of studies that relate to various theoretical frameworks, ranging from Conceptual Metaphor Theory to Words as Social Tools. Contributors investigate how abstract concepts are grounded in the mind, represented in language, and used in verbal discourse. This richness is matched by a range of methods used throughout the volume, from neuroimaging to computational modeling, and from behavioral experiments to corpus analyses.

[Human Cognitive Processing, 65] 2019.  xii, 315 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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2018. Editors' Introduction: Abstract Concepts: Structure, Processing, and Modeling. Topics in Cognitive Science 10:3  pp. 490 ff. DOI logo
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2022. Revisiting agency and medical health technology: actor network theory and breast cancer survivors’ perspectives on an adherence tool. Health and Technology 12:6  pp. 1071 ff. DOI logo
Strik Lievers, Francesca, Marianna Bolognesi & Bodo Winter
2021. The linguistic dimensions of concrete and abstract concepts: lexical category, morphological structure, countability, and etymology. Cognitive Linguistics 32:4  pp. 641 ff. DOI logo

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CFD: Psycholinguistics

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LAN009040: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Psycholinguistics / General
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