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Lecture | LUCL Colloquium - Spring 2015

LUCL Colloquium: The Language of Perception

  • Asifa Majid (Radboud University)
Date
Friday 29 May 2015
Series
LUCL Colloquium

What Don't We Know About the Language of Perception?

Abstract

It is claimed that humans are predominantly visual creatures. Just look at the amount of cortex devoted to visual processing. Since many languages are in the spoken modality, perhaps audition follows as the next most important sense. Little attention is given to the chemical senses of smell and taste, or even to the sense of touch. Is this "hierarchy of the senses" reflected in language too? I review findings from the last years addressing the question of the hierarchy of the senses in a diverse sample of world languages, and point to fruitful new areas of investigation still waiting to be explored.

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