Lexicalization Patterns and the World-to-Words Mapping

Barbara C. Malt, Silvia Gennari, Mutsumi Imai

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Knowledge of words and knowledge of the world must somehow be linked. Words evoke knowledge about the world, and thoughts about the world are conveyed through words. The precise nature of this linkage is far from known however. This chapter sheds light on the connection. The first part considers arguments for a tight mapping between words and conceptual representations, and discusses reasons why these arguments are not entirely convincing. It also briefly considers and dismisses the extreme alternative that there is only the loosest relation between words and conceptual representations of the world. The second part looks at a third alternative, called a "constrained but flexible" mapping. It reviews data indicating that in at least some domains, the mapping between words and conceptual representations is not tight. It considers the ways in which themappings may nevertheless be constrained, and discusses where flexibility is possible despite the constraints. Data is presented from two studies on the naming of human locomotion that test the ideas about both where the mapping is constrained, and where flexibility may enter the picture. The final section discusses implications of the "constrained but flexible" idea for several associated issues.

元の言語English
ホスト出版物のタイトルWords and the Mind
ホスト出版物のサブタイトルHow Words Capture Human Experience
出版者Oxford University Press
ISBN(電子版)9780199776924
ISBN(印刷物)9780195311129
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出版物ステータスPublished - 2010 2 1

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    Malt, B. C., Gennari, S., & Imai, M. (2010). Lexicalization Patterns and the World-to-Words Mapping. : Words and the Mind: How Words Capture Human Experience Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311129.003.0003