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date: 20 October 2020

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Experimental semantics is an emerging area of scientific investigation in cognitive linguistics whose aim is to investigate how people process meaning. In experimental semantics, researchers generate hypotheses that resonate to cognitive linguistics assumptions and claims, and test them by conducting experiments with human participants. Researchers also apply statistical methods to measure and quantify the way people produce and understand words, sentences, and gestures under varied conditions, and draw conclusions based on systematic patterns that emerge. Experimental semantics, which draws on methods used in behavioral sciences, views semantic processing as behavior that emerges from dynamic processing that is grounded in out everyday embodied experience. This chapter offers an overview of experimental semantics and discusses a number of methods and studies that are useful to this new emerging field.

Keywords: experimental semantics, cognitive linguistics, mental simulation, fictive motion, metaphor, conceptualization, dynamic construal

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