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[2014] What Action Comprehension Tells Us About Meaning Interpretation What Action Comprehension Tells Us About Meaning Interpretation
  • Communicative Action: Selected Papers of the 2013 IEAS Conference on Language and Action, Singapore: Springer, 2014, pp. 125-137.

Despite intensive debates regarding instrumental action and word meaning, few studies have examined their relationship. In this work, I first analyze the relationships between action and speech and between means-end and symbol-referent mapping. I then examine the mechanisms that are indispensable for means-end mapping and discussed whether the same mechanisms also enable symbol-referent mapping. Finally, I discuss the consistency between my findings with the results reported for children both with and without SPLD as well as the results of studies in animal communication. To conclude, I suggest that functional mechanisms underlying the capacity of understanding the means-end structure in action are necessary and in some cases sufficient for the capacity of understanding the symbol-referent relationship in language.


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