Functional features in language and space: insights from perception, categorization, and development

Carlson, Laura and van der Zee, Emile (2005) Functional features in language and space: insights from perception, categorization, and development. Explorations in language and space . Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 0199264333, 0199264325

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This book examines the role of functional features in language and space. Let us start by exploring what functional features might play a role in spatial language. Consider the above quote above hammers. A paraphrase of that quote could be having a hammer encourages one to view others in light of their potential interactions with the hammer. For example, if a spider were crawling across the floor, you might think of a squashing function that involves the head of the hammer. In contrast, if a lid were stuck on a jar, you might think of a prying function that involves the claw of the hammer. In this way, various perceptual features or affordances of the object (hammer) in conjunction with the goal of the user (kill the spider, open the lid) dictate the type of interaction between the objects. The concept of functional features thereby contains the following elements: perceptual properties or affordances of the objects (features); the functions or uses that such features enable (functions); and the means by which such features are used in the context of satisfying a goal (features that are functional).

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Additional Information:This book examines the role of functional features in language and space. Let us start by exploring what functional features might play a role in spatial language. Consider the above quote above hammers. A paraphrase of that quote could be having a hammer encourages one to view others in light of their potential interactions with the hammer. For example, if a spider were crawling across the floor, you might think of a squashing function that involves the head of the hammer. In contrast, if a lid were stuck on a jar, you might think of a prying function that involves the claw of the hammer. In this way, various perceptual features or affordances of the object (hammer) in conjunction with the goal of the user (kill the spider, open the lid) dictate the type of interaction between the objects. The concept of functional features thereby contains the following elements: perceptual properties or affordances of the objects (features); the functions or uses that such features enable (functions); and the means by which such features are used in the context of satisfying a goal (features that are functional).
Keywords:Perception, Categorisation, Language, functional features
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C850 Cognitive Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C820 Developmental Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:738
Deposited By: Jill Partridge
Deposited On:14 May 2007
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:23

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