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Fwd: [ontolog-forum] Body Parts and Early-Learned Verbs

From: Joanne Luciano <jluciano@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Sep 2013 04:03:26 -0400
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To: public-semweb-lifesci hcls <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>, "[ontolog-forum]" <ontolog-forum@ontolog.cim3.net>, "<tw-semmdd@cs.lists.rpi.edu>" <tw-semmdd@cs.lists.rpi.edu>
Intentionally cross posted..No apologies!

This is relevant to both communities and highly relevant to the work we are doing in modeling depression & treatment response. 

Not sure how we manage this discussion - that's probably a totally different thread topic :-) 
-quick reply to that, ok, but that isn't where I want to see the cross post go.

This is a fascinating observation about relationships, and raises interesting questions about whether and how well we can capture context and culture in our current mapping schemes.

Thanks John!


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> From: John F Sowa <sowa@bestweb.net>
> Date: September 3, 2013, 12:30:22 AM EDT
> To: "'[ontolog-forum] '" <ontolog-forum@ontolog.cim3.net>
> Subject: [ontolog-forum] Body Parts and Early-Learned Verbs
> Reply-To: "[ontolog-forum] " <ontolog-forum@ontolog.cim3.net>
> The subject line of this note is the title of an article about
> relationships between the verbs that children learn by the age of 3
> and the body parts that are involved in the actions of those verbs.
> (See the URL and abstract at the end of this note.)
> Some excerpts from the article:
>> The body stands between the mind and the world and thus the properties
>> of the body itself may shape knowledge...
>> Many common verbs — for example, kiss, hug, kick — seem to be about actions
>> performed by specific body parts.  Further, imaging studies show that
>> merely hearing a verb (e.g., kick) activates the cortical motor areas
>> relevant to moving the appropriate body part (e.g., leg and foot) ...
>> Behavioral studies also suggest a connection between verbs and movements
>> by particular parts of the body. For example, moving the arm away from
>> the body slows judgment about the sentence, “Open the drawer” (an action
>> involving the movement of the arm toward the body)... Such results
>> suggest that the on-line processing of verb meanings may involve or
>> interact with some of the same processes that generate bodilyaction...
>> The overall acquisition pattern—from relatively many mouth verbs, to
>> more hand verbs, to less bodily defined verbs—was unexpected and
>> tantalizing in its similarity to traditional Piagetian (Piaget, 1953)
>> descriptions of the developmental course of sensory-motor development
>> as infants first explore relations in their world.
> This study is one of many that show how the semantics of natural
> language is grounded in the neural mechanisms of perception and action.
> John Sowa
> ______________________________________________________________________
> Source: http://csjarchive.cogsci.rpi.edu/2008v32/7/HCOG_A_302167_O.pdf
> Body Parts and Early-Learned Verbs
> Josita Maouene, Shohei Hidaka, Linda B. Smith
> Abstract.
> This article reports the structure of associations among 101 common
> verbs and body parts. The verbs are those typically learned by children
> learning English prior to 3 years of age.  In a free association task,
> 50 adults were asked to provide the single body part that came to mind
> when they thought of each verb.  Analyses reveal highly systematic and
> structured patterns of associations that are also related to the
> normative age of acquisition of the verbs showing a progression
> from verbs associated with actions by the mouth, to verbs strongly
> associated with actions by hand and arm, to verbs not so strongly
> associated with any one body part.  The results have implications
> for proposals about embodied verb meaning and also for processes
> of early verb learning.
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