From Molecule to Metaphorby Jerome Feldman Presented by Teon Brooks
Learning Spatial Relation Words • Languages differ widely in how they describe spatial relations. • We can model spatial relation with landmarks (LM) and trajectors (TR).
Regier’s Model • How would you describe the relation of the trajector to the landmark? TR LM
Modeling cont. • The idea is to come up with a system, which regardless of the language, can learn the locative words as a child would. • This computational model is a step in understanding the link between brain and language.
Location is embodied Claim: Stick Figures are bad representations of humans. ≠
What is Embodiment? • Teon’s Take • When we embody some thing or some one, we have metaphorically extended an abstraction of how our mind works and operates. Through this abstraction, we can map into (not onto) said thing/one.
What does that mean? • In order for language to work, we have to assume that the other person can embody the experience. • How could you explain walking down the street without imagining yourself in the presented situation?
Three Scenarios • Directional Basis • Forward, Behind, Left, Right, Up and Down • Figure, Stick Figure, Sphere
An Embodied Stick Figure • Claim: Embodying a stick figure would be limiting. I no longer have depth perception.
Life without Orientation This is why Carolina makes us go to Orientation.
Stick Figures cannot look within for strength. • It is not only limited to those two degrees of freedom. • Within, about, through, around, etc.
I’m a real boy! Fin