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Toward a theory of semantic representation

Vigliocco, G., Meteyard, L., Andrews, M. and Kousta, S. (2009) Toward a theory of semantic representation. Language and Cognition, 1 (2). pp. 219-247. ISSN 1866-9859

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1515/LANGCOG.2009.011


We present an account of semantic representation that focuses on distinct types of information from which word meanings can be learned. In particular, we argue that there are at least two major types of information from which we learn word meanings. The first is what we call experiential information. This is data derived both from our sensory-motor interactions with the outside world, as well as from our experience of own inner states, particularly our emotions. The second type of information is language-based. In particular, it is derived from the general linguistic context in which words appear. The paper spells out this proposal, summarizes research supporting this view and presents new predictions emerging from this framework.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Clinical Language Sciences
ID Code:52264
Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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