Handbook of Categorization in Cognitive Science

1st Edition

Editors: Henri Cohen Henri Cohen Claire Lefebvre
Print ISBN: 9780080446127
eBook ISBN: 9780080457413
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 25th October 2005
Page Count: 1136
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Categorization, the basic cognitive process of arranging objects into categories, is a fundamental process in human and machine intelligence and is central to investigations and research in cognitive science. Until now, categorization has been approached from singular disciplinary perspectives with little overlap or communication between the disciplines involved (Linguistics, Psychology, Philosophy, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Cognitive Anthropology).

Henri Cohen and Claire Lefebvre have gathered together a stellar collection of contributors in this unique, ambitious attempt to bring together converging disciplinary and conceptual perspectives on this topic.

Table of Contents

Bridging the Category Divide. (H. Cohen, C. Lefebvre).

Part 1 : Categorization in Cognitive Science.
To Cognize is to Categorize: Cognition is Categorization. (S. Harnad). A Modular Approach to Grammatical Categories. (P. Muysken). Empty Concepts and Philosophical Analysis. (G. Rey). Categories and Cognitive Anthropology. (J. Boster). Categorization in Neuroscience: Brain Response to Objects and Events. (S.J. Hanson, C. Hanson). Categorization in Cognitive Computer Science. (J.F. Sowa).

Part 2 : Semantic Categories.

Semantic Categorization. (B. Gillon). Emotion Categories Across Languages. (J. Boster). The World Color Survey Database. (R. Cook, P. Kay, T. Regier). Atoms, Categorization and Conceptual Change. (P. Thagard, E. Toombs). Relation between Language and Though: Individuation and the Count/Mass Distinction. (A. Papafragou). Definitions in Categorization and Similarity Judgements. (S. Larochelle, D. Cousineau, A. Archambault). Why (Most) Concepts Aren't Categories? (R. Millikan).

Part 3 : Syntactic Categories.
Lexical, Functional, Crossover and Multifunctional Categories. (L. Travis). Isolating-Monocategorial-Associational Language. (D. Gil).
Categories in Quebec Sign Language: Reflection on Categorization Across Modalities. (D. Bouchard, C. Dubuisson, Anne-Marie Parisot). Syntactic Categories in Signed versus Spoken Languages. (D. Lillo-Martin). On Syntactic Categories. (M. Baker).

Part 4 : Acquisition of Categories.
The Acquisition of Grammatical Categories: The State of the Art. (M. Labelle). Semantic Categories in Acquisition. (E. Clark). Early Syntactic Categories in Infants' Language. (R. Shi). Acquiring Auditory and Phonetic Categories. (M. Goudbeek et al.). Syntactic Categories in Second Language Acquisition. (L. Whi


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About the Editor

Henri Cohen

Dr. Cohen’s research focuses on the neuropsychology of language and speech. His current work includes developmental disorders affecting language, language and speech impairments in subcortical disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, and the cerebral bases of specific language processes (pragmatics, prosody, semantics). He is also involved in work on hormones and cognitive deficits.

Affiliations and Expertise

Especialista en Gastroenterologia, Clínica de Ecografia y Gastroenterologia, Montevideo, Uruguay

Henri Cohen

Affiliations and Expertise

Cognitive Neuroscience Center, Dept of Psychology, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada.

Claire Lefebvre

Department of Linguistics, University of Quebec, Montreal, Canada Dr. Lefebvre studies: linguistic theory, syntactic category theory; cognitive processes involved in the formation of new languages; languages in contact, French, Quechua, Creole Haitian, Fon, and other African languages.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Linguistics, Universite du Quebec a Montreal, Canada


"Categorization is a key concept across the range of cognitive sciences, including linguistics and philosophy, yet hitherto it has been hard to find accounts that go beyond the concerns of one or two individual disciplines. [This book] provides just the sort of interdisciplinary approach that is necessary to synthesize knowledge from the different fields and provide the basis for future innovation." -- Professor Bernard Comrie, Department of Linguistics, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany "Anyone concerned with language, semantics, or categorization will want to have this encyclopedic collection." -- Professor Eleanor Rosch, Dept of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, USA "This is a far-reaching, encyclopedia collection, which fully meets its major aim in bringing in, for the first time, various disciplines together around a single theme such as categorization. The joint work invested in the collection results in cross-fertilization of methodologies and ideas, which, as a whole, contributes greatly not only to our understanding of categorization but of human cognition in general. One of this volume's strengths is a number of common themes running through all the chapters...this is a very coherent and solid collection that is organized in such a ways that individual chapters can be studied independently from each other...a valuable contribution to the concept of category/categorization, which, in addition, shows that an interdisciplineary approach is not only powerful, but essential for studying cognitive science as a whole." --Aleksandar Carapic (Universtiy of Belgrade) for PRAGMATICS & COGNITION