From molecule to metaphor : a neural theory of language / Jerome A. Feldman.Material type: TextPublisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2006Description: 1 online resource (xx, 357 pages) : illustrationsContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780262272544; 0262272547; 9781429477291; 1429477296; 9780262062534; 0262062534; 0262562359; 9780262562355; 1282100831; 9781282100831; 9786612100833; 6612100834Subject(s): Language and languages -- Philosophy | Psycholinguistics | Neurobiology | Cognitive science | Linguistics | Psychological Phenomena and Processes | Mental Processes | Behavior | Behavioral Disciplines and Activities | Information Science | Nervous System | Psychiatry and Psychology | Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms | Anatomy | Humanities | Brain | Central Nervous System | Behavioral Sciences | Communication | Brain -- physiology | Language | Philosophy | Cognition | Comprehension | Psycholinguistics | LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES -- General | Cognitive science | Language and languages -- Philosophy | Neurobiology | Psycholinguistics | Neurolinguïstiek | Taalverwerving | Natuurlijke-taalverwerking | Languages & Literatures | Philology & Linguistics | Philosophie du langage | Psycholinguistique | Langage | Neurobiologie | Science cognitive | LINGUISTICS & LANGUAGE/General | COGNITIVE SCIENCES/GeneralGenre/Form: Electronic books. | Electronic books. Additional physical formats: Print version:: From molecule to metaphor.DDC classification: 401 LOC classification: P107 | .F445 2006ebOther classification: 17.35 Online resources: Click here to access online
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 345-352) and index.
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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 -- 11. Conceptual schemas and cultural frames -- 12. Learning spatial relation words -- 13. Embodied knowledge of actions -- 14. Learning action words -- 15. Conceptual systems -- 16. Metaphors 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 grammar -- 24. Embodied language understanding -- 25. Learning constructions -- 26. Remaining mysteries -- 27. All together now.
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In From Molecule to Metaphor, Jerome Feldman proposes a theory of language and thought that treats language not as an abstract symbol system but as a human biological ability that can be studied as a function of the brain, as vision and motor control are studied. This theory, he writes, is a "bridging theory" that works from extensive knowledge at two ends of a causal chain to explicate the links between. Although the cognitive sciences are revealing much about how our brains produce language and thought, we do not yet know exactly how words are understood or have any methodology for finding out. Feldman develops his theory in computer simulations--formal models that suggest ways that language and thought may be realized in the brain. Combining key findings and theories from biology, computer science, linguistics, and psychology, Feldman synthesizes a theory by exhibiting programs that demonstrate the required behavior while remaining consistent with the findings from all disciplines. After presenting the essential results on language, learning, neural computation, the biology of neurons and neural circuits, and the mind/brain, Feldman introduces specific demonstrations and formal models of such topics as how children learn their first words, words for abstract and metaphorical concepts, understanding stories, and grammar (including "hot-button" issues surrounding the innateness of human grammar). With this accessible, comprehensive book Feldman offers readers who want to understand how our brains create thought and language a theory of language that is intuitively plausible and also consistent with existing scientific data at all levels.