This article proposes how language relates structurally and evolutionarily to cognition. It heuristically divides cognition into cognitive systems and the organizing factors that structure them. The general finding is that cognitive systems share these structural properties to different degrees. This is termed the “overlapping systems model of cognitive organization”. The specific finding is that the cognitive system of language shares many structural properties with the cognitive systems of visual perception, of somatosensory perception and motor control, and of understanding, but shares few structural properties with those of affect and of culture.
All the author’s publications listed here are on his website: http://linguistics.buffalo.edu/people/faculty/talmy/talmy.html.
BattagliaPeter W.HamrickJessica B. and TenenbaumJoshua B.. 2013. Simulation as an Engine of Physical Scene Understanding. Accessed November 16 2014. http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/10/17/1306572110.full.pdf.
BrownPenelope and LevinsonStephen C.. 1987. Politeness: Some Universals in Language Usage. New York: Cambridge University Press.
SeyfarthRobert and CheneyDorothy. 2012. Primate social cognition as a precursor to language. In TallermanMaggie M. & GibsonKathleen R. K. (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Language Evolution59–70. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
SmithKevin A.DechterEyalTenenbaumJoshua B. and VulEdvard. 2013. Physical predictions over time. In Proceedings of the 35th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society Berlin Germany 1342–1347. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.
TalmyLeonard. 2003. The representation of spatial structure in spoken and signed language. In EmmoreyKaren (ed.) Perspectives on Classifier Constructions in Sign Language169–195. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
TalmyLeonard. 2007. Recombinance in the evolution of language. In CihlarJonathon E.KaiserDavidKimbaraIrene & FranklinAmy (eds.) Proceedings of the 39th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society: The Panels vol. 39–2 26–60.
WilkinsDavid P.1993. Linguistic evidence in support of a holistic approach to traditional ecological knowledge: linguistic manifestations of the bond between kinship, land, and totemism in Mparntwe Arrernte In WilliamsNancy M. and BainesGraham B. K. (eds.) Traditional Ecological Knowledge: Wisdom for Sustainable Development71–93. Canberra: CRES Publications.