Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. James A. Hampton, Yoad Winter
    Pages 1-7 Open Access
  3. Lawrence W. Barsalou
    Pages 9-30 Open Access
  4. James A. Hampton
    Pages 95-121 Open Access
  5. Choonkyu Lee
    Pages 123-138 Open Access
  6. Yao-Ying Lai, Cheryl Lacadie, Todd Constable, Ashwini Deo, Maria Mercedes Piñango
    Pages 191-222 Open Access
  7. Christina L. Gagné, Thomas L. Spalding, Matthew Kostelecky
    Pages 223-244 Open Access
  8. Louise McNally, Gemma Boleda
    Pages 245-267 Open Access
  9. Galit W. Sassoon
    Pages 291-325 Open Access
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 327-337

About this book


By highlighting relations between experimental and theoretical work, this volume explores new ways of addressing one of the central challenges in the study of language and cognition. The articles bring together work by leading scholars and younger researchers in psychology, linguistics and philosophy. An introductory chapter lays out the background on concept composition, a problem that is stimulating much new research in cognitive science. Researchers in this interdisciplinary domain aim to explain how meanings of complex expressions are derived from simple lexical concepts and to show how these meanings connect to concept representations. Traditionally, much of the work on concept composition has been carried out within separate disciplines, where cognitive psychologists have concentrated on concept representations, and linguists and philosophers have focused on the meaning and use of logical operators. This volume demonstrates an important change in this situation, where convergence points between these three disciplines in cognitive science are emerging and are leading to new findings and theoretical insights.


This book is open access under a CC BY license.


cognitive science and linguistics compositionality concept composition in linguistics derivation of concept representations empirical research in linguistics experimental semantics experimental work in linguistics formal semantics language and cognition lexical concepts meaning and use of logical concepts meaning and use of logical operators meanings of complex expressions semantic prototypes Open access

Editors and affiliations

  • James A. Hampton
    • 1
  • Yoad Winter
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyCity, University of LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTSUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-45975-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-45977-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2364-4109
  • Series Online ISSN 2364-4117
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