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Title: Space in Languages
Subtitle: Linguistic Systems and Cognitive Categories
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=TSL%2066
Series Title: Typological Studies in Language 66
Description:

Space is presently the focus of much research and debate across
disciplines, including linguistics, anthropology, psychology, and
philosophy. One strong feature of this collection is to bring together
theoretical and empirical contributions from these varied scientific
traditions, with the collective aim of addressing fundamental questions at
the forefront of the current literature: the nature of space in language,
the linguistic relativity of space, the relation between spatial language
and cognition. Linguistic analyses highlight the multidimensional and
heterogeneous nature of space, while also showing the existence of a set of
types, parameters, and principles organizing the considerable diversity of
linguistic systems and accounting for mechanisms of diachronic change.
Findings concerning spatial perception and cognition suggest the existence
of two distinct systems governing linguistic and non-linguistic
representations, that only partially overlap in some pathologies, but they
also show the strong impact of language-specific factors on the course of
language acquisition and cognitive development.


Table of contents

Introduction: Space, language, and cognition: Some new challenges
Maya Hickmann and Stéphane Robert 1–15

Part I — Typology of linguistics systems: Universals, variability, and
change

Encoding the distinction between location, source, and destination: A
typological study
Denis Creissels 19–28

The expression of static location in a typological perspective
Colette Grinevald 29–58

What makes manner of motion salient? Explorations in linguistic typology,
discourse, and cognition
Dan I. Slobin 59–81

The semantic structure of motion verbs in French: Typological perspectives
Anetta Kopecka 83–101

From personal deixis to spatial deixis: The semantic evolution of
demonstratives from Latin to French
Christiane Marchello-Nizia 103–120

Motion events in Chinese: A diachronic study of directional complements
Alain Peyraube 121–135

Part II — The nature and uses of space in language and discourse

Are there spatial prepositions?
Claude Vandeloise 137–154

Deitic space in Wolof: Discourse, syntax and the importance of absence
Stéphane Robert 155–174

The semantics of motion verbs: Action, space, and qualia
Pierre Cadiot, Franck Lebas and Yves-Marie Visetti 175–206

The representation of spatial structure in spoken and signed language
Leonard Talmy 207–238

Iconicity and space in French sign language
Marie-Anne Sallandre 239–255

Part III — Space, language, and cognition

On the very idea of a frame of reference
Jérôme Dokic and Elisabeth Pacherie 259–280

The relativity of motion in first language acquisition
Maya Hickmann 281–308

Spatial language and spatial representation: Autonomy and interaction
Barbara Landau and Laura Lakusta 309–333

Deficits in spatial discourse of Alzheimer patients
Michel Denis, Karine Ricalens, Véronique Baudoin and Jean-Luc Nespoulous
335–349

Index 351–361

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Semantics
Typology
Cognitive Science
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027229775
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Pages: x, 362
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