Nouns for visual objects: A hypothesis of the vision-language interface

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dc.contributor.authorUrsini, Francesco-Alessio-
dc.contributor.authorAcquaviva, Paolo- Elsevieren_US
dc.identifier.citationLanguage Sciencesen_US
dc.description.abstractWe propose an interpretation of the vision process and a structural analysis of nouns and nominal reference which make it possible to relate the visual/cognitive and the linguistic encapsulation of objecthood in a rigorous way. The result of this integrated hypothesis is a predictive account of possible and impossible nouns lexicalizing visual objects. Visual objects are indexed relations between stimuli interpreted via visual properties, such as [round], and what we define as object concepts: a red ball is the relation between the red and spherical features and the object concept of a ball. In language, nouns identify object concepts, semantically modelled as kinds, and the noun phrases they head can refer to instances of those kinds. No aspect of grammatical structure links up to visual properties directly, so no noun in natural language can denote an arbitrary subset of visual properties; the interaction is only at the level of objects, whether an abstract concept or a fully specified referent (the latter expressed by a full noun phrase). We formalize the relation between the two by means of an infomorphism, a formal representation of information flow between systems. This translates the objects of the visual and linguistic systems in terms of information types and tokens, constraining the possible lexicalization of object concepts. For instance, a visual property cannot be identified by a choice of noun unless it is interpreted as instantiating an object concept, because nouns can denote object concepts but not directly properties.en_US
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dc.rightsThis is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Languages Sciences. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Language Sciences (72, (2019))
dc.subjectVisual objectsen_US
dc.subjectInterface conditionsen_US
dc.subjectLanguage and cognitionen_US
dc.titleNouns for visual objects: A hypothesis of the vision-language interfaceen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.statusPeer revieweden_US
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