chapter  9
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Language and Event Perception: Steps Toward a Synthesis

If one pieces together the literature on event perception, one catches g limpses of a world in which objects loom, people walk, whee ls roll, heads age, and forms collide. One does not , by and large, catch g limpses of a world in which people think. imagine, and communicate with one another. This cannot (one hopes) re flect a lack of interest in these phenomena, or a low evaluation of the ir importance . Cognitive and communicative actions are integral to a wide range of events that we perceive and participate in , and thus must be an integral part of the subject matter o f event perception . 1 Thought and speech also play an important

role in experiments on event perception, where they can have a powerful influence on how participants perceive displays and report on their experiences.