LINGUIST List 14.635

Tue Mar 4 2003

Books: Cognitive Science/General Ling: Levinson

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  1. jreid, Space in Language and Cognition: Levinson

Message 1: Space in Language and Cognition: Levinson

Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2003 16:14:27 +0000
From: jreid <>
Subject: Space in Language and Cognition: Levinson

Title: Space in Language and Cognition
Subtitle: Explorations in Cognitive Diversity
Series Title: Language, Culture and Cognition 5
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press		 
Book URL:
Author: Stephen C. Levinson, Max-Planck-Institut fur Psycholinguistik,
Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Hardback: ISBN: 0521812623, Pages: 416, Price: $65.00
Paperback: ISBN: 0521011965, Pages: 416, Price: $24.00


Spatial orientation and direction are core areas of human and animal
thinking. But, unlike animals, human populations vary considerably in
their spatial thinking. Revealing that these differences correlate
with language (which is probably mostly responsible for the different
cognitive styles), this book includes many cross-cultural studies
investigating spatial memory, reasoning, types of gesture and
wayfinding abilities. It explains the relationship between language
and cognition and cross-cultural differences in thinking to students
of language and the cognitive sciences.


Preface; 1. The Intellectual Background: Two Millenia of Western Ideas
About Spatial Thinking; 2. Frames of Reference; 3. Linguistic
Diversity; 4. Absolute Minds: Glimpses into Two Cultures; 5. Diversity
in Mind: Methods and Results From a Cross-linguistic Sample; 6. Beyond
Language: Frames of Reference in Wayfinding and Pointing; 7. Language
and Thought

Lingfield(s): Cognitive Science, General Linguistics
Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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