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Where did Words Come from? A Linking Theory of Sound Symbolism and Natural Language Evolution

Jamie Reilly, David Biun, Wind Cowles, Jonathan Peelle
2008 Nature Precedings  
Numerous examples of sound symbolism exist across natural language phyla. Moreover, cross-linguistic similarities suggest that sound symbolism represents a language universal.  ...  In two experiments healthy adults showed high agreement in matching pure tones to color swatches and nonwords to novel objects as linear functions of frequency and luminance.  ...  There was a 3-way interaction between pure tone pitch, color swatch hue, and color swatch brightness [F(2,58)=5.86, p=.01, η 2 =.17] and 2-way interactions between pure tone pitch and color swatch hue  ... 
doi:10.1038/npre.2008.2369.1 fatcat:477ruspiivd23m3thy2o4mgtkm

Perceptual, semantic and affective dimensions of experience of abstract and representational paintings

Slobodan Markovic
2011 Psihologija  
In this study the difference between representational and abstract paintings in judgments on perceptual, semantic and affective dimensions was investigated.  ...  Two groups of participants judged the sets of representational and abstract paintings on three groups of dimensions: perceptual (Form, Color, Space and Complexity), semantic (Illusion-Construction of Reality  ...  There is a similarity between these dimensions and factors obtained in previous studies of the stylistic properties of paintings.  ... 
doi:10.2298/psi1103191m fatcat:djy57acifvetfoxtd6gapggco4

Principles of cross-modal competition: Evidence from deficits of attention

Brenda Rapp, Sharma K. Hendel
2003 Psychonomic Bulletin & Review  
attributes of one and the semantic attributes of the other.  ...  The investigation demonstrated that two stimuli from different modalities are in competition when attention is directed to the perceptual attributes of both, but not when attention is directed to the perceptual  ...  In same-level (perceptual) blocks, the subjects reported on a perceptual attribute of the competing stimulus. Two perceptual tasks, tones and colors, were used in separate blocks.  ... 
doi:10.3758/bf03196487 pmid:12747510 fatcat:b5afoxzc7vhx7d4qyr7u6yurmm

A developmental analysis of the polar structure of dimensions

Linda B Smith, Maria D Sera
1992 Cognitive Psychology  
This research examined the interaction of perception and language in the development of the magnitude marking of size, loudness, and achromatic color.  ...  The results suggest converging interactions between perception and language in the case of size and loudness and antagonistic interactions in the case of darkness.  ...  about the perceptual structure of color.  ... 
doi:10.1016/0010-0285(92)90004-l pmid:1537233 fatcat:xrmiv5dnajdhxdvd7hgotcqt3y

Bi-dimensional semantic scales: the embodied maps of meanings

Petar Milin, Sunčica Zdravković
2013 Universitas Psychologica  
We then concluded that this particular raw two-dimensional map is highly informative, as it captures almost all differences between word items in the given set of perceptual opposites.  ...  In Experiment 1 (paper-and-pencil) participants judged concrete and abstract nouns on seven bipolar semantic differential scales in three perceptual modalities: visual, auditory and touch.  ...  led him towards the description of the structure of semantic space.  ... 
doi:10.11144/javeriana.upsy12-5.bdss fatcat:w5g7fc2jybe47m2fztdcraalsi

Some Approaches To Representing Sound With Colour And Shape

Lindsay Vickery
2018 Zenodo  
This paper explores the implications of recent research into cross-modal colour-to-sound and shape-to sound map-pings for the application of colour and shape in musical scores.  ...  In recent times much of the practice of musical notation and representation has begun a gradual migration away from the monochrome standard that existed since the emergence of printed Non-Western music  ...  multiple forms of crossmodal mapping: statistical, structural, and semantic.  ... 
doi:10.5281/zenodo.1289708 fatcat:apdd7yvqgzg23ap6wnwvqag5wy

Predicting natural language descriptions of mono-molecular odorants

E Darío Gutiérrez, Amit Dhurandhar, Andreas Keller, Pablo Meyer, Guillermo A Cecchi
2018 Nature Communications  
Here, we show that applying natural-language semantic representations on a small set of general olfactory perceptual descriptors allows for the accurate inference of perceptual ratings for mono-molecular  ...  These results imply that the semantic distance between descriptors defines the equivalent of an odorwheel.  ...  Acknowledgements We would like to thank Rick Gerkin and Pablo Polosecki for reading the manuscript and providing useful comments.  ... 
doi:10.1038/s41467-018-07439-9 pmid:30478272 pmcid:PMC6255800 fatcat:ytkc3cdrtnam3c5auuqzw4dvl4

Stroop and picture—word interference are two sides of the same coin

Leendert van Maanen, Hedderik van Rijn, Jelmer P. Borst
2009 Psychonomic Bulletin & Review  
Dell'Acqua, Job, Peressotti, and Pascali (2007) assessed PWI using a psychological refractory period (PRP) paradigm, and concluded that the locus of interference in PWI is during the perceptual encoding  ...  Recently, Dell'Acqua, Job, Peressotti, and Pascali (2007) have argued that the underlying processes of the PWI and Stroop effects are different, challenging the assumption of a single underlying process  ...  Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to L. van Maanen, Department of Artificial Intelligence, University of Groningen, P.O.  ... 
doi:10.3758/pbr.16.6.987 pmid:19966248 fatcat:cevlkmpg7vcrnavzxohsselu6u

Color sound symbolism in natural languages

2019 Language and Cognition  
We discuss these results in relation to lexicalization patterns and the links between iconicity and perceptual cross-modal associations.  ...  These acoustic measurements were then correlated with the luminance and saturation of each color obtained from cross-linguistic color-naming data in the World Color Survey.  ...  gulf between cross-modal associations on a perceptual level and sound symbolism in natural languages.  ... 
doi:10.1017/langcog.2019.35 fatcat:pl2ch5izbfdlvihskgfkr7j5iy

Syntactic ambiguity resolution and the prosodic foot: Cross-language differences

2006 Applied Psycholinguistics  
In this study we examined syntactic ambiguity resolution in two different Chinese languages, Cantonese and Mandarin, which are relatively similar grammatically but very different phonologically.  ...  When the 2-2 meaning was semantically incongruent, however, the alternative structure was preferred by both Mandarin and Cantonese speakers.  ...  These other types of prosodic structures fall between the level of the syllable and the sentence and form a hierarchy in a similar way as syntactic structures do, although the levels between syllables  ... 
doi:10.1017/s0142716406060292 fatcat:fmtjh2w5ovfzlgmsqe75fxkthq

Differential roles of right temporal cortex and broca's area in pitch processing: Evidence from music and mandarin

Yun Nan, Angela D. Friederici
2012 Human Brain Mapping  
Activation in the right STG is independent of performance and more sensitive to pitch congruity in music than in tone language, suggesting a domain-specific modulation of the perceptual processes.  ...  Here, we used fMRI to test the particular roles of these brain regions in the neural implementation of pitch in music and in tone language (Mandarin) with a group of Mandarin speaking musicians whose pertaining  ...  ACKNOWLEDGMENTS The authors thank Litao Zhu and Hui Wu for technical assistance and Yanan Sun for help with data collection. They thank Zonglei Zhen for help in an early version of analysis.  ... 
doi:10.1002/hbm.22046 pmid:22431306 fatcat:bx3mdgllifcozogiworux7puai

From perceptual to lexico-semantic analysis-cortical plasticity enabling new levels of processing

Lara Schlaffke, Naima N. Rüther, Stefanie Heba, Lauren M. Haag, Thomas Schultz, Katharina Rosengarth, Martin Tegenthoff, Christian Bellebaum, Tobias Schmidt-Wilcke
2015 Human Brain Mapping  
Perceptual and lexico-semantic analyses shared a mutual network comprising the left premotor cortex, the supplementary motor area (SMA) and the inferior parietal lobule (IPL).  ...  In this study we specifically sought to identify neural correlates of an evolving skill that allows the transition from perceptual to a lexico-semantic stimulus analysis.  ...  Analysis 2 To cross-sectionally compare the two different tasks prior to learning, the differences between words/nonwords and Beep were then contrasted between the tasks, yielding the contrasts pre lexico-semantic  ... 
doi:10.1002/hbm.22939 pmid:26304153 pmcid:PMC5049624 fatcat:3rccyy6r25bovnwmslto4wrrom

Cross-Modal Perceptual Organization in Works of Art

Liliana Albertazzi, Luisa Canal, Rocco Micciolo, Iacopo Hachen
2020 i-Perception  
The overall results provide significant insights into the relationship between concrete and abstract concepts and into the process of perceptual grouping in cross-modal phenomena.  ...  This study investigates the existence of cross-modal correspondences between a series of paintings by Kandinsky and a series of selections from Schönberg music.  ...  Declaration of Conflicting Interests The author(s) declared the following potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and publication of this article: The authors declare  ... 
doi:10.1177/2041669520950750 pmid:32922715 pmcid:PMC7459189 fatcat:yi6cnj63b5cfpo5ar2sbu4hnpm

Singing the Russian Blues: An Argument for Culturally Basic Color Terms

Galina V. Paramei
2005 Cross-Cultural Research  
By drawing attention to a distinction between denotative and designative meaning, the issue of the Russian blues calls into question the proper definition of a basic color term.  ...  This article reviews a body of research on the Russian blues and draws on arguments from lexical-semantic analysis and linguistic and psycholinguistic studies.  ...  The dominating feature in semantic structure of goluboj is serene; it implies light and clear blue tone, though excludes its high saturation (Alimpieva, 1982a (Alimpieva, , 1982b .  ... 
doi:10.1177/1069397104267888 fatcat:dk5bizndwfb2jftd7dnveow34e

Multimodal Grounding for Language Processing [article]

Lisa Beinborn, Teresa Botschen, Iryna Gurevych
2019 arXiv   pre-print
Based on this methodological inventory, we discuss the benefit of multimodal grounding for a variety of language processing tasks and the challenges that arise.  ...  We particularly focus on multimodal grounding of verbs which play a crucial role for the compositional power of language.  ...  We thank Faraz Saeedan for his assistance with the computation of the visual embeddings for the imSitu images. We thank the anonymous reviewers for their insightful comments.  ... 
arXiv:1806.06371v2 fatcat:ucqjg2uhabf3vfkgjdfoa5z5yy
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