Language and Space


The study of the relationship between natural language and spatial cognition has the potential to yield answers to vexing questions about the nature of the mind, language, and culture. The fifteen original contributions in Language and Space bring together the major lines of research and the most important theoretical viewpoints in the areas of psychology, linguistics, anthropology, and neuroscience, providing a much needed synthesis across these diverse domains.

Each chapter gives a clear up-to-date account of a particular research program. Overall, they address such questions as: how does the brain represent space, how many kinds of spatial representations are there, how do we learn to talk about space and what role does culture play in these matters, should experimental tests of the relations between space and language be restricted to closed-class linguistic elements or must the role of open-class elements be considered as well? Throughout authors speak to each other's arguments, laying bare key areas of agreement and disagreement.

Contributors: Manfred Bierwisch, Paul Bloom, Melissa Bowerman, Karen Emmorey, Merrill Garrett, Ray Jackendoff, Philip Johnson-Laird, Barbara Landau, Willem Levelt, Stephen Levinson, Gordon Logan, Jean Mandler, Lynn Nadel, John O'Keefe, Mary Peterson, Daniel Sadler, Tim Shallice, Len Talmy, Barbara Tversky

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. 1. The Architecture of the Linguistic-Spatial Interface

    Ray Jackendoff

  3. 2. How Much Space Gets into Language?

    Manfred Bierwisch

  4. 3. Perspective Taking and Ellipsis in Spatial Descriptions

    Willem J. M. Levelt

  5. 4. Frames of Reference and Molyneux's Question: Crosslinguistic Evidence

    Stephen C. Levinson

  6. 5. The Confluence of Space and Language in Signed Languages

    Karen Emmorey

  7. 6. Fictive Motion in Language and "Ception"

    Leonard Talmy

  8. 7. The Spatial Prepositions in English, Vector Grammar, and the Cognitive Map Theory

    John O'Keefe

  9. 8. Multiple Geometric Representations of Objects in Languages and Language Learners

    Barbara Landau

  10. 9. Preverbal Representation and Language

    Jean M. Mandler

  11. 10. Learning How to Structure Space for Language: A Crosslinguistic Perspective

    Melissa Bowerman

  12. 11. Space to Think

    Philip N. Johnson-Laird

  13. 12. Spatial Perspective in Descriptions

    Barbara Tversky

  14. 13. A Computational Analysis of the Apprehension of Spatial Relations

    Gordon D. Logan and Daniel D. Sadler

  15. 14. The Language-to-Object Perception Interface: Evidence from Neuropsychology

    Tim Shallice

  16. 15. Space and Language

    Mary A. Peterson, Lynn Nadel, Paul Bloom and Merrill F. Garrett

  17. Name Index
  18. Subject Index