Language and Cognition: The Cognitive Consequences of Spatial Description in Guugu Yimithirr

@article{Levinson1997LanguageAC,
  title={Language and Cognition: The Cognitive Consequences of Spatial Description in Guugu Yimithirr},
  author={Stephen C. Levinson},
  journal={Journal of Linguistic Anthropology},
  year={1997},
  volume={7},
  pages={98-131}
}
  • S. Levinson
  • Published 1 June 1997
  • Linguistics
  • Journal of Linguistic Anthropology
This article explores the relation between language and cognition by examining the case of "absolute" (cardinal direction) spatial description in the Australian aboriginal language Guugu Yimithirr. This kind of spatial description is incongruent with the "relative" (e.g., leftlrightjfrontfback) spatial description familiar in European languages. Building on Haviland's 1993 analysis of Guugu Yimithirr directionals in speech and gesture, a series of informal experiments were developed. It is… 

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