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COVALI : Perceptive and motor contraints to linguist variations


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In this transversal theme, coordinated by Alice C. Roy, we will JOIN the skills present at DDL in the semantic typology of the expression of the trajectory (DiLiS axis) and in the field of sensorimotor cognition (DENDY axis) in order to understand why, at the linguistic level, some structures of meaning seem to predominate. Certain areas of an individual's life are so pervasive that each language must be able to describe them: this is the case, for example, in sensory perception (e.g. visual) and for our ability to move around or move objects in the world. If these domains constitute cognitive universals present in all languages, as cardinal points of a conceptual space, each language will nevertheless print its own mark within this conceptual space. Despite this linguistic variation, certain regularities or preferences emerge and tend to group together languages, not only genetically similar but also from different families. The representation of the trajectory (i.e. movement in space) seems to constitute an essential structuring key point in the expression of many fields as underlined by the frequent use of trajectory metaphors (e.g. following the path, raising the volume, etc.). From a psychological point of view, movement in space pertains to perceptual cognition (space) and motor cognition (movement). Each of these cognitive domains being likely to impose its own constraints. This transversal theme will examine these two themes through 4 main projects.

  Motor constraints
  Relevance of visuospatial representations


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