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      Symbol interdependency in symbolic and embodied cognition.

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      Topics in cognitive science
      Wiley
      Amodal, Embodied, LSA, Modal, Perceptual simulations, Semantic knowledge, Symbol interdependency, Symbolic

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          Abstract

          Whether computational algorithms such as latent semantic analysis (LSA) can both extract meaning from language and advance theories of human cognition has become a topic of debate in cognitive science, whereby accounts of symbolic cognition and embodied cognition are often contrasted. Albeit for different reasons, in both accounts the importance of statistical regularities in linguistic surface structure tends to be underestimated. The current article gives an overview of the symbolic and embodied cognition accounts and shows how meaning induction attributed to a specific statistical process or to activation of embodied representations should be attributed to language itself. Specifically, the performance of LSA can be attributed to the linguistic surface structure, more than special characteristics of the algorithm, and embodiment findings attributed to perceptual simulations can be explained by distributional linguistic information.

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          Journal
          Top Cogn Sci
          Topics in cognitive science
          Wiley
          1756-8765
          1756-8757
          Apr 2011
          : 3
          : 2
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Department of Psychology, University of Memphis.
          Article
          10.1111/j.1756-8765.2010.01106.x
          25164297
          deaf2fa4-5e49-4319-ab9a-88a1587afc33
          Copyright © 2010 Cognitive Science Society, Inc.

          Amodal,Embodied,LSA,Modal,Perceptual simulations,Semantic knowledge,Symbol interdependency,Symbolic

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