Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Vyvyan Evans: "Semantic representation in LCCM Theory" (2009)

This is a relatively sketchy paper, published in New Directions in Cognitive Linguistics. Its main point is that we should see linguistic representation (discrete grammatical categories) as a crude, schematic system put on top of an ancient system for conceptual representation (qualitative sensibilities).

Various aspects of sentence and word meaning are put in one box or the other depending on whether the aspect is discrete or not. It is thus near-tautological that the "linguistic system" deals with crude, discrete categories, while everything else is relinquished to the dust bin category of fuzzy "conceptual content."

The psychological or "conceptual" part of the story is inspired by Lawrence Barsalou's ideas about mental representations.

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