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Can language restructure cognition? The case for space
Frames of reference are coordinate systems used to compute and specify the location of objects with respect to other objects. These have long been thought of as innate concepts, built into ourExpand
Antecedent frequency effects during the processing of pronouns
An eye-movement reading experiment investigated whether the ease with which pronouns are processed is affected by the lexical frequency of their antecedent. Reading times following pronouns withExpand
The cross-linguistic categorization of everyday events: A study of cutting and breaking
The cross-linguistic investigation of semantic categories has a long history, spanning many disciplines and covering many domains. But the extent to which semantic categories are universal orExpand
Cross-linguistic categorisation of the body: Introduction
A cross-linguistic comparison of body part terms in ten languages. Expand
Odors are expressible in language, as long as you speak the right language
From Plato to Pinker there has been the common belief that the experience of a smell is impossible to put into words. Decades of studies have confirmed this observation. But the studies to date haveExpand
Prelinguistic Infants Are Sensitive to Space-Pitch Associations Found Across Cultures
People often talk about musical pitch using spatial metaphors. In English, for instance, pitches can be “high” or “low” (i.e., height-pitch association), whereas in other languages, pitches areExpand
Vision verbs dominate in conversation across cultures, but the ranking of non-visual verbs varies
Abstract To what extent does perceptual language reflect universals of experience and cognition, and to what extent is it shaped by particular cultural preoccupations? This paper investigates theExpand
The semantic categories of cutting and breaking events: A crosslinguistic perspective
We show that across languages, there is crosslinguistic variation in the number of distinctions made and in the placement of category boundaries in the C&B domain. Expand
How similar are semantic categories in closely related languages? A comparison of cutting and breaking in four Germanic languages
Abstract Are the semantic categories of very closely related languages the same? We present a new methodology for addressing this question. Speakers of English, German, Dutch and Swedish described aExpand
Manners of human gait: a crosslinguistic event-naming study
Abstract Crosslinguistic studies of expressions of motion events have found that Talmy's binary typology of verb-framed and satellite-framed languages is reflected in language use. In particular,Expand