Interaction of Language, Culture and Cognition in Group Dynamics for Understanding the Adversary
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This paper describes an analytical study of language, culture, cognition, and their contribution to concepts in an upper ontology to support asymmetric and irregular warfare for the U.S. Marine Corps. This ontology is designed to interact with decision-support applications for fighting the global war on terror. The long-term goal of this effort is to understand and predict the actions of terrorist individuals and groups from diverse cultures. The fusion of language and cultural factors, such as religion, and their contribution to cognition is explored vis-a-vis ingroup-outgroup perceptions that influence and reflect thought patterns and behavior. The interaction between natural language, culture and cognition provides a way to augment an integrated upper ontology with language-related and cross-cultural concepts that can support intelligence analysts. This paper introduces two models that provide an insight into topics relevant to cognitive-information operations. The hypothesis and suggested experimental approach are focused on methods and metrics to generate group profiles and to detect an individuals group bias from selected word patterns.
- Sociology and Law
- Unconventional Warfare