SPATIAL ILLUSTRATION IN LANGUAGE: INSTANCES FROM BANGLA

Anirban Sarkar

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The understanding of space is one of the basic cognitive ability of a human being. The ability to understand and express spatial knowledge is in interplay with the contextual environment and language plays an important role in observation, expression and understanding of space, just as it always play in development of every concept, a reflection of which can also be found in the words of Albert Einstein when he said “the intellectual development of the human and their method of forming concepts depend largely on the language” (Steciąg, 2013). One of the interesting and fascinating questions in the domain of space is to understand what extent of physical space is perceived, conceived and depicted in a language or using a language, i.e. how far the language is able to portray the ideas in cognition related to space. The importance of the issue in question of space and spatial cognition can be understood from the volume of works pertaining to various disciplines like Physics, Anthropology, Psychology, Social and cultural studies, Literature, Philosophy and metaphysics, etc., having a multidirectional relation with language (let’s say linguistics), into language, that have taken place resulting into a multifaced and multi-window approaches. The paper deals with this issue of how physical space is conceptualized and dealt within the Bangla language.

 

Keywords: Space, Cognition, Trajector and Landmark, Language, Construal, Geometry.

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