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Title: Spatial Dimensions of Social Thought
Edited By: Thomas W. Schubert
Anne Maass
Series Title: Applications of Cognitive Linguistics [ACL] 18

Space provides the stage for our social lives - social thought evolved and
developed in a constant interaction with space. The volume demonstrates
how this has led to an astonishing intertwining of spatial and social thought.

For the first time, research on language comprehension, metaphors, priming,
spatial perception, face perception, art history and other fields is brought
together to provide an integrative view. This overview confirms that often,
metaphors reveal a deeper truth about how our mind uses spatial information
to represent social concepts. Yet, the evidence also goes beyond this
insight, showing for instance how flexible our mind operates with spatial
metaphors, how the peculiarities of our bodies determine the way we assign
meaning to space, and how the asymmetry of our brain influences spatial and
face perception. Finally, it is revealed that also how we write language - from
left to right or from right to left - shapes how we perceive, interpret, and
produce horizontal movement and order. The evidence ranges from linguistics
to social and spatial perception to neuropsychology, seamlessly integrating
such diverse findings as speed in word comprehension, children's depictions
of abstract concepts, estimates of the steepness of hills, and archival
research on how often Homer Simpson is depicted left or right of Marge.

The chapters in this book offer a topology of social cognition and explore the
pivotal role language plays in creating links between spatial and social

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9783110254303
Pages: 353
Prices: Europe EURO 119.95

Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9783110254310
Pages: 353
Prices: Europe EURO 119.95