Polysemy, Mental Simulation and Language Comprehension
Michelle Liu (Monash University)

part of: Polysemy, concepts and representation
May 22, 2024, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
IFIKK, University of Oslo

Seminarrom 4, Sophus Bugges hus
Niels Henrik Abels vei 36,
Oslo 0313

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University of Oslo
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
University of Oslo

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According to the simulation view, language comprehension often constitutively involves perceptual-motor simulations. In this talk, I will survey the empirical evidence for the simulation view. Drawing on recent work on semantic representation, I make suggestions as to how the simulation view can be reconciled with the traditional view on which language comprehension constitutively involves amodal symbol manipulation, elaborating on when perceptual-motor simulations may be deployed for language comprehension. I shall also illustrate how the simulation view can illuminate our judgements about zeugmaticity with respect to sentences involving polysemous words with closely related senses. I end the talk by noting how perceptual-motor simulations can have a significant impact on language users through different forms of language.

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