Chapter 6. The Conceptual Universe

Table of Contents

1. Dimensions of the Conceptual Universe
2. Parts of the Conceptual Universe
2.1. The Sentence
2.2. The Noun Phrase
2.3. The Verb Phrase

The conceptual universe is the domain of language.

This chapter examines the conceptual universe. Unfortunately, concepts are difficult to study directly, and the reliability of self-report is a contentious issue. However, because we assume that language and thought are closely related, we are able to consider the manipulation of concepts in terms of their stand-ins: symbols.

The conceptual universe is everything from the conceptual point of view. Through conceptualization and naming, we think : we use the semantics of individual words, which are combined through the use of syntax. In virtue of the relation of these concepts to prior experiences, these concepts mean something.