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Table Of Contents

1 The Mystery of Embodied Language
2 The Information Processing Perspective
3 Computational Models
4 Neurons and Other Cells
5 The Society of Neurons
6 Nature and Nurture
7 Connections in the Mind
8 Embodied Concepts and Their Words
9 The Computational Bridge
10 First Words
11Conceptual Schemas and Cultural Frames
12 Learning Spatial Relation Words
13 Embodied Knowledge of Actions
14 Learning Action Words
15 Conceptual Systems
16 Metaphor and Meaning
17 Understanding as Simulation
18 The Structure of Action and Events
19 Belief and Inference
20 Understanding News Stories
21 Combining Forms—Grammar
22 The Language Wars
23 Combining Meanings—Embodied Construction
24 Embodied Language Understanding
25 Learning Constructions
26 Remaining Mysteries
27 All Together Now
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FELDMAN - From Molecule to Metaphor Neural Theory of Language

FELDMAN - From Molecule to Metaphor Neural Theory of Language

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This book proposes to begin integrating current insights from many disciplines into a coherent neural theory of language. It might seem that no such effort is needed. Isn’t language obviously a function of our brains— what else could it be? Certainly other human abilities such as motor control, hearing, and especially vision have been studied as neural systems for many decades. But language is still often treated as an abstract symbol system not particularly tied to human brains or experience. A great deal of permanent value has been learned from formal studies of language, but it is surprising that the notion of disembodied language persists. This is partly an historical artifact, but it also arises from the fact that other animals share our visual and motor abilities but not our language skills. Much of the progress in neural theories of vision and motor control have come from invasive animal experiments that are thankfully prohibited on people. Until recently, very little has been known about how our brains process language.
This book proposes to begin integrating current insights from many disciplines into a coherent neural theory of language. It might seem that no such effort is needed. Isn’t language obviously a function of our brains— what else could it be? Certainly other human abilities such as motor control, hearing, and especially vision have been studied as neural systems for many decades. But language is still often treated as an abstract symbol system not particularly tied to human brains or experience. A great deal of permanent value has been learned from formal studies of language, but it is surprising that the notion of disembodied language persists. This is partly an historical artifact, but it also arises from the fact that other animals share our visual and motor abilities but not our language skills. Much of the progress in neural theories of vision and motor control have come from invasive animal experiments that are thankfully prohibited on people. Until recently, very little has been known about how our brains process language.

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