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Author Fortescue, Michael, D., author

Title The abstraction engine : extracting patterns in language, mind and brain / Michael Fortescue
Published Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : John Benjamins Publishing Company, [2017]

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Description 1 online resource
Series Advances in consciousness research ; volume 94
Advances in consciousness research ; v. 94.
Contents Introduction: Abstraction all the way down -- Language, abstract and less abstract -- CoGnitive linguistics: Language embodied -- Abstraction, metaphor and cultural context -- The abstraction of events in narrative and memory -- Pre-linguistic abstraction and projection: perception and imagination -- The feel of things: abstract emotion -- Neurological underpinnings: the world seen through hidden layers -- Abstraction at work: It's child's play -- The philosophical approach -- Abstraction all the way up: its evolutionary purpose
Summary The main thesis of this book is that abstraction, far from being confined to higher forms of cognition, language and logical reasoning, has actually been a major driving force throughout the evolution of creatures with brains. It is manifest in emotive as well as rational thought. Wending its way through the various facets of abstraction, the book attempts to clarify - and relate - the often confusing meanings of the word 'abstract' that one may encounter even within the same discipline. The unusual synoptic approach, which draws upon research in psychology, neural network theory, child language acquisition, philosophy and consciousness studies, as well as a variety of linguistic disciplines, cannot be compared directly to other books on the market that touch upon just one particular aspect of abstraction. It is aimed at a wide readership - anyone interested in the nature of abstraction and the cognitive processing and purpose behind it
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Cognitive grammar.
Cognitive psychology.
Semantics (Philosophy)
Abstraction.
Psycholinguistics.
Linguistics.
Cognition.
Emotions.
Thinking -- physiology
Linguistics
Pattern Recognition, Physiological
Cognition
Emotions
Psycholinguistics
abstraction.
psycholinguistics.
linguistics.
cognition.
emotion.
PSYCHOLOGY -- Cognitive Psychology.
SCIENCE -- Cognitive Science.
Linguistics
Emotions
Cognition
Abstraction
Cognitive grammar
Cognitive psychology
Psycholinguistics
Semantics (Philosophy)
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2017030998
ISBN 9789027265845
9027265844