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Karen Emmorey

When does iconicity matter?

In this talk I will explore factors that may determine when iconicity affects language acquisition, language processing, and grammatical structure and what factors might over-ride iconicity effects. I will argue that structure-mapping and structural-alignment play key roles in the acquisition of iconic signs and in constraining aspects of grammatical structure. Iconicity may facilitate or interfere with processing depending upon the task and type of iconicity. Greater iconicity effects may be observed when structure-mapping is salient and relevant to comprehension or production. This approach views iconicity as an outgrowth of structure seeking, rather than as an effect of embodied cognition and bodily experience.

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