Liane Ströbel

Liane Ströbel: Sensory-Motor Concepts and Language

Sensory-Motor Concepts and Language

The close connection between sensory-motor concepts and language is illustrated in thefirst part of this volume: Raymond Gibbs points out that much of everyday cognition and language has its roots in ongoing bodily experience. In his article, he describes a number of studies from the fields of experimental psychology and corpus linguistics and illustrates how metaphoric ideas and talk emerge from embodied simulation processes. Valentina Cuccio purposes a usage-based model of language. Taking the idea that speaking is acting as a starting point, she uses studies on action understanding in order to clarify language production and comprehension and to explain how inferential meaning is deduced from literal sentences. The close connection between sensory- motor concepts and metaphor is discussed by Johann-Mattis List, Anselm Terhalle and Daniel Schulzek. Analyzing traces of embodiment in Chinese character forma- tion, they underline the complex interactions between speaking, writing, and meaning.Wolfgang Müller’s approach starts from the assumption that – much like emotions in actual life – emotions in literature are also grounded in the kinesthetic experience of the body. In his contribution, he illustrates that literature is a productive field for experimentation in matters of embodied cognition.