Mental simulation and language comprehension: The case of copredication

Michelle Liu

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Empirical evidence suggests that perceptual‐motor simulations are often constitutively involved in language comprehension. Call this “the simulation view of language comprehension”. This article applies the simulation view to illuminate the much‐discussed phenomenon of copredication, where a noun permits multiple predications which seem to select different senses of the noun simultaneously. On the proposed account, the (in)felicitousness of a copredicational sentence is closely associated with the perceptual simulations that the language user deploys in comprehending the sentence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalMind & Language
Early online date19 Jun 2023
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jun 2023


  • language comprehension
  • copredication
  • polysemy
  • oddness
  • simulation


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