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Specificity at the basic level in event taxonomies: The case of Maniq verbs of ingestion

Wnuk, E; (2016) Specificity at the basic level in event taxonomies: The case of Maniq verbs of ingestion. In: Complete CogSci2016 proceedings. (pp. pp. 2687-2692). Cognitive Science Society: Philadelphia, PA, USA. Green open access

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Abstract

Previous research on basic-level object categories shows there is cross-cultural variation in basic-level concepts, arguing against the idea that the basic level reflects an objective reality. In this paper, I extend the investigation to the domain of events. More specifically, I present a case study of verbs of ingestion in Maniq illustrating a highly specific categorization of ingestion events at the basic level. A detailed analysis of these verbs reveals they tap into culturally salient notions. Yet, cultural salience alone cannot explain specificity of basic-level verbs, since ingestion is a domain of universal human experience. Further analysis reveals, however, that another key factor is the language itself. Maniq’s preference for encoding specific meaning in basic-level verbs is not a peculiarity of one domain, but a recurrent characteristic of its verb lexicon, pointing to the significant role of the language system in the structure of event concepts.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Specificity at the basic level in event taxonomies: The case of Maniq verbs of ingestion
Event: 38th Annual Meeting Of The Cognitive Science Society
Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Dates: 10-13 Aug 2016
ISBN-13: 978-0-9911967-3-9
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://mindmodeling.org/cogsci2016/papers/0463/in...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: basic level; categorization; events; verbs; Maniq; Aslian
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10070340
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