Language comprehension is both embodied and symbolic

Max Louwerse, Patrick Jeuniaux

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSymbols and Embodiment
Subtitle of host publicationDebates on meaning and cognition
EditorsManuel de Vega, Arthur Glenberg, Arthur Graesser
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Chapter15
Pages309-326
ISBN (Print)9780199217274
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

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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