Spatial Demonstratives, Perceptual Space, and Linguistic Diversity

Abstract

Communication involves a combination of speech and gestures, which afford joint attention between speaker and interlocutor (Tomasello, 1999, 2003; Kita, 2003). Characterizing the mapping between language and the vision and action systems is therefore essential in order to understand both normal and disordered communication. In a series of five experiments we target this mapping with respect to one the most central components of natural language semantics - spatial demonstratives.


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