Crosslinguistic transfer as category adjustment: Modeling conceptual color shift in bilingualism

Yevgen Matusevych, Barend Beekhuizen, Suzanne Stevenson

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Abstract

We present a general framework for capturing categorical crosslinguistic transfer effects – the influences of linguistic and conceptual categories in a bilingual speaker’s languages on each other. By formulating the phenomenon as an instance of cognitive category shift, we achieve a general method for investigating the extent and causes of crosslinguistic transfer in terms of a category similarity space and a set of weighting factors. We apply the model to the well-understood domain of color, formulating transfer as the modulation of conceptual color categories in one language on those of the other language. We analyze the components of the model that predict salient aspects of human data on an observed transfer effect in a range of languages.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2018)
EditorsChuck Kalish, Marina Rau, Tim Rogers, Jerry Zhu
PublisherCognitive Science Society
Pages744–749
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-9911967-8-4
ISBN (Print)978-1-5108-7205-9
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event40th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society - Madison, United States
Duration: 25 Jul 201828 Jul 2018
http://www.cognitivesciencesociety.org/conference/cogsci-2018/

Conference

Conference40th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society
Abbreviated titleCogSci 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMadison
Period25/07/1828/07/18
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