Functional Features in Language and Space

- Insights from Perception, Categorization, and Development

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Functional Features in Language and Space
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Bog, hardback
Udgivelsesdato:
16-12-2004
Sprog:
Engelsk
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There are now more Muslims in America than in Kuwait, Qatar, and Libya combined. It is the second largest religion in France and the third in Britain, Germany, and North America. Leaving aside immigration and conversion, birth rate alone ensures that in the first part of the 21st century Islam will replace Judaism as the second largest religion in the US. Like all religious and ethnic minorities in America, Muslims are faced with a quandary of integration vs.assimilation. In this volume, fourteen distinguished scholars consider the issues that surround this dilemma and examine the varied responses of the Muslim community to them. The need to forge a new Muslim identity in America raises many questions. Can Muslims become part and parcel of a pluralisticAmerican society without sacrificing their identity? Can Muslims be Muslims in a state that is not governed by Islamic law? Will the American legal system protect Muslim religious and cultural differences? Is there a contradiction between demanding equal rights and insisting on maintaining a distinctively separate identity? These and many other questions are illuminated by the essays in this important collection.The notions of 'function', 'feature' and 'functional feature' are associated with relatively new developments and insights in several areas of cognition. This book brings together different definitions, insights and research related to defining these notions from such diverse areas as language, perception, categorization and development. Each of the contributors in this book explicitly defines the notion of 'function', 'feature' or 'functional feature' within theirown theoretical framework, presents research in which such a notion plays a pivotal role, and discusses the contribution of functional features in relation to their insights in a particular area of cognition. As such, this book not only presents new developments devoted to defining 'function','feature' and 'functional feature' in several sub-disciplines of cognitive science, but also offers a focused account of how these notions operate within the cognitive interface linking language and spatial representation. All book chapters are accessible for the interested novice, and offer the specialized researcher new empirical and theoretical insights into defining function, both with respect to the language and space interface and across cognition. The introduction to the book presentsthe reader with the main issues and viewpoints that are discussed in more detail in each of the book chapters.

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Udgivelsesdato:
16-12-2004
ISBN13:
9780199264322
Vægt:
728 g
Dybde:
27 mm
Bredde:
163 mm
Højde:
241 mm
Nummer i serien:
2
Format:
Hardback
Bibliotekernes beskrivelse There are now more Muslims in America than in Kuwait, Qatar, and Libya combined. Like all religious and ethnic minorities in America, Muslims are faced with a quandary of integration vs. assimilation. In this volume, distinguished scholars consider the issues that surround this dilemma and the responses of the Muslim community to them.Notions of "function", "feature" and "functional feature" are associated with relatively new developments and insights in several areas of cognition. This book bri

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