This chapter argues that language comprehension is both embodied and symbolic. It notes that according to the symbol interdependency hypothesis comprehenders can ultimately ground symbols, but they also can rely on interdepndencies across symbols as a shortcut to the meaning of words. It provides an overview of the evidence supporting this hypothesis suggesting that embodied representations are activated under certain conditions and ultimately tend to be encoded in language structures.
|Title of host publication||Symbols and Embodiment|
|Subtitle of host publication||Debates on meaning and cognition|
|Editors||Manuel de Vega, Arthur Glenberg, Arthur Graesser|
|Place of Publication||Oxford|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|
Louwerse, M., & Jeuniaux, P. (2008). Language comprehension is both embodied and symbolic. In M. de Vega, A. Glenberg, & A. Graesser (Eds.), Symbols and Embodiment: Debates on meaning and cognition (pp. 309-326). Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217274.003.0015