LANGUAGE AND SPACE

@article{Levinson1996LANGUAGEAS,
  title={LANGUAGE AND SPACE},
  author={Stephen C. Levinson},
  journal={Annual Review of Anthropology},
  year={1996},
  volume={25},
  pages={353-382}
}
  • S. Levinson
  • Published 21 October 1996
  • Sociology
  • Annual Review of Anthropology
▪ 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 the one hand, and theories of spatial cognition in the cognitive sciences on the other. There has been much concern with the symbolism of space in anthropological writings, but little on concepts of space in practical activities. This neglect of everyday spatial notions may be due to unwitting… 
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