Perceptual symbols in language comprehension: Can an empirical case be made?

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 22 (4):636-637 (1999)


Perceptual symbol systems form a theoretically plausible alternative to amodal symbol systems. At this point it is unclear whether there is any truly diagnostic empirical evidence to decide between these systems. We outline some possible avenues of research in the domain of language comprehension that might yield such evidence. Language comprehension will be an important arena for tests of the two types of symbol systems.

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