What Action Comprehension Tells Us About Meaning Interpretation

  • Tzu-Wei HungEmail author
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This chapter defends the view that the functional mechanisms underlying the capacity of understanding the means-end structure in action are necessary and in some cases sufficient for the capacity of understanding the symbol-referent relationship in language. This chapter first examines the relationship between action and speech and cognitive requirements that are needed by symbol-referent mapping but not means-end mapping. It further explores the mechanisms that are indispensable for means-end mapping and investigates whether they are sufficient to explain symbol-referent mapping at the most basic level. Finally, it describes how this analysis is consistent with data in both animal communication and in children with and without semantic pragmatic language disorder.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of European and American StudiesAcademia SinicaTaipeiTaiwan

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