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Presumptive Meanings: The theory of generalized conversational implicature
From the Publisher: When we speak, we mean more than we say. In this book Stephen C. Levinson explains some general processes that underlie presumptions in communication. This is the first extendedExpand
Space in language and cognition: Explorations in cognitive diversity
Preface 1. The intellectual background: two millenia of Western ideas about spatial thinking 2. Frames of reference 3. Linguistic diversity 4. Absolute minds: glimpses into two cultures 5. DiversityExpand
Frames of reference and Molyneux's question: Cross-linguistic evidence
3.0 Frames of reference across modalities 3.1 The notion 'spatial frames of reference' 3.2 'Frames of reference' across modalities and the disciplines that study them 3.3 Linguistic Frames ofExpand
Universals and cultural variation in turn-taking in conversation
The empirical evidence suggests robust human universals in this domain, where local variations are quantitative only, pointing to a single shared infrastructure for language use with likely ethological foundations. Expand
Space in language and cognition
▪ Abstract This review describes some recent, unexpected findings concerning variation in spatial language across cultures, and places them in the context of the general anthropology of space on theExpand
The myth of language universals: language diversity and its importance for cognitive science.
This target article summarizes decades of cross-linguistic work by typologists and descriptive linguists, showing just how few and unprofound the universal characteristics of language are, once the authors honestly confront the diversity offered to us by the world's 6,000 to 8,000 languages. Expand
Evolved structure of language shows lineage-specific trends in word-order universals
These findings support the view that—at least with respect to word order—cultural evolution is the primary factor that determines linguistic structure, with the current state of a linguistic system shaping and constraining future states. Expand
Semantic typology and spatial conceptualization
This project collected linguistic data for spatial relations across a typologically and genetically varied set of languages. In the linguistic analysis, we focus on the ways in which propositions mayExpand