Symbol Interdependency in Symbolic and Embodied Cognition
Article first published online: 18 AUG 2010
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Topics in Cognitive Science
Volume 3, Issue 2, pages 273–302, April 2011
How to Cite
Louwerse, M. M. (2011), Symbol Interdependency in Symbolic and Embodied Cognition. Topics in Cognitive Science, 3: 273–302. doi: 10.1111/j.1756-8765.2010.01106.x
- Issue published online: 6 APR 2011
- Article first published online: 18 AUG 2010
- Received 15 January 2009; received in revised form 28 May 2009; accepted 1 November 2009
- Perceptual simulations;
- Symbol interdependency;
- Semantic knowledge
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.