Spranger, M. and Loetzsch, M. The Semantics of SIT, STAND, and LIE Embodied in Robots. In Taatgen, N.A. and van Rijn, H., editor, Proceedings of the 31th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (Cogsci09), pages 2546-2552, Austin, TX, 2009 Cognitive Science Society

Sony CSL authors: Martin Loetzsch, Michael Spranger

Abstract

In this paper we demonstrate (1) how a group of embodied artificial agents can learn to construct abstract conceptual representations of body postures from their continuous sensorimotor interaction with the environment, (2) how they can metaphorically extend these bodily concepts to visual experiences of external objects and (3) how they can use their acquired embodied meanings for self-organizing a communication system about postures and objects. For this, we endow the agents with cognitive mechanisms and structures that are instantiations of specific ideas in cognitive linguistics (namely image schema theory) about how humans relate motor and visual space. We show that the agents are indeed able to perform well in the task and thus the experiment offers a concrete operationalization of these theories and increases their explanatory power.

Keywords: cognitive semantics, image schemas, metaphor, autonomous robots, lexicon acquistion, language games

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@INPROCEEDINGS { spranger:09a, ADDRESS="Austin, TX", AUTHOR="Spranger, M. and Loetzsch, M.", BOOKTITLE="Proceedings of the 31th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (Cogsci09)", EDITOR="Taatgen, N.A. and van Rijn, H.", ORGANIZATION="Cognitive Science Society", PAGES="2546-2552", TITLE="The Semantics of SIT, STAND, and LIE Embodied in Robots", YEAR="2009", }