Grounding compositional symbols: no composition without discrimination

Alberto Greco, Elena Carrea
  • Cognitive Processing, November 2011, Springer Science + Business Media
  • DOI: 10.1007/s10339-011-0427-7

Discriminable features are required for symbol composition

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If you don't know Chinese, could you be able to understand a Chinese text which is explained with other Chinese words? But if you are shown, for instance, a picture together with a symbol, then you understand its meaning. Symbols cannot refer only to other symbols, but they eventually must be connected with sensory or motor experiences: this is what is called Symbol Grounding.

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