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Neurosemantics

Neural Processes and the Construction of Linguistic Meaning

  • Alessio Plebe
  • Vivian M. De La Cruz

Part of the Studies in Brain and Mind book series (SIBM, volume 10)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Alessio Plebe, Vivian M. De La Cruz
    Pages 1-6
  3. The Meaning of Neurons

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-8
    2. Alessio Plebe, Vivian M. De La Cruz
      Pages 9-35
    3. Alessio Plebe, Vivian M. De La Cruz
      Pages 37-89
    4. Alessio Plebe, Vivian M. De La Cruz
      Pages 91-110
  4. Meaning from Neurons

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-112
    2. Alessio Plebe, Vivian M. De La Cruz
      Pages 113-129
    3. Alessio Plebe, Vivian M. De La Cruz
      Pages 131-156
    4. Alessio Plebe, Vivian M. De La Cruz
      Pages 157-178
    5. Alessio Plebe, Vivian M. De La Cruz
      Pages 179-199
    6. Alessio Plebe, Vivian M. De La Cruz
      Pages 201-225
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 227-235

About this book

Introduction

This book examines the concept of “Neurosemantics”, a term currently used in two different senses: the informational meaning of the physical processes in the neural circuits, and semantics in its classical sense, as the meaning of language, explained in terms of neural processes. The book explores this second sense of neurosemantics, yet in doing so, it addresses much of the first meaning as well. Divided into two parts, the book starts with a description and analysis of the mathematics of the brain, including computational units, representational mechanisms and algorithmic principles. This first part pays special attention to the neural architecture which has been used in developing models of neurosemantics. The second part of the book presents a collection of models, and describes each model reproducing specific aspects of the semantics of language. Some of these models target one of the core problems of semantics, the reference of nouns, and in particular of nouns with a strong perceptual characterization. Others address the semantics of predicates, with a detailed analysis of colour attributes. While this book represents a radical shift from traditional semantics, it still pursues a line of continuity that is based on the idea that meaning can be captured, and explained, by a sort of computation.

Keywords

Cortical Models Lexical Development Neural Coding Neurocomputational Models of Language Population Coding Semantics in the Brain

Authors and affiliations

  • Alessio Plebe
    • 1
  • Vivian M. De La Cruz
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Cognitive ScienceUniversity of MessinaCataniaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Educational SciencesUniversity of CataniaCataniaItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28552-8
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-28550-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-28552-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1573-4536
  • Series Online ISSN 2468-399X
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