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On the very idea of a frame of reference

Abstract : It is widely assumed, both in philosophy and in the cognitive sciences, that perception essentially involves a relative or egocentric frame of reference. Levinson has explicitly challenged this assumption, arguing instead in favour of the 'neo-Whorfian' hypothesis that the frame of reference dominant in a given language infiltrates spatial representations in non-linguistic, and in particular perceptual, modalities. Our aim in this paper is to assess Levinson's neo-Whorfian hypothesis at the philosophical level and to explore the further possibility that perception may not just use frames of reference other than the relative one but may also, in some cases at least, be perspective-free
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Jérôme Dokic, Elisabeth Pacherie. On the very idea of a frame of reference. M. Hickmann & S. Robert. Space in Languages: Linguistic systems and cognitive categories, John Benjamins, pp.259-280, 2006. ⟨ijn_00778340⟩



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