A one-stage distributed processing account of linguistic negation


Linguistic negation can be comprehended with the inclusion (or absence) of features and categories associated with the senses in a single step. Under this view, there is no need for explicit logical operators, as the negating word or phase is treated no differently than any other word. Negation provides additional context, whereby visualizing negation as a trajectory in a distributed, grounded perceptual simulation space can easily characterize the comprehension of negated sentences. A mousetracking experiment was conducted to explore how this kind of process may be enacted in the brain and to tease apart hypotheses of logical manipulations vs. analogue signals performing this work.

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