Mia Halonen is a senior researcher at the Centre for Applied Language Studies, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Her research interests include language ideologies and policy, sociophonetics, performances, micro analytic and mixed methods, social media and popular culture.
Pasi Ihalainen is a professor of Comparative European History at the Department of History and Ethnology, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. His research interests include comparative history, national identity, parliamentary discourse, and multi-sited constitutional debates.
Taina Saarinen is a senior researcher at the Centre for Applied Language Studies, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Her research interests include language policy, methodology, and higher education internationalisation.
The book reports several studies to examine the descriptions of static and dynamic spatial scenes which involve, among others, spatial relationals such as left-right, front-back, besides, in, on, to, toward, pass by, away, and cause to move. The findings suggest that language users construct a spatial relation between the objects in a given time, employ a reference frame, which may not be encoded in the message, and use the same conceptual structure consisted of BE-AT for static spatial situations and GO-BE-AT for static dynamic situations.
In this classic, the world's expert on language and mind lucidly explains everything you always wanted to know about language: how it works, how children learn it, how it changes, how the brain computes it, and how it evolved. With deft use of examples of humor and wordplay, Steven Pinker weaves our vast knowledge of language into a compelling story: language is a human instinct, wired into our brains by evolution. The Language Instinct received the William James Book Prize from the American Psychological Association and the Public Interest Award from the Linguistics Society of America. This edition includes an update on advances in the science of language since The Language Instinct was first published.