Mappings in Thought and Language
By (author) Gilles Fauconnier
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Mappings in Thought and Language by Gilles Fauconnier
Book DescriptionMeaning in everyday thought and language is constructed at lightning speed. We are not conscious of the staggering complexity of the cognitive operations that drive our simplest behavior. This 1997 book examines a central component of meaning construction: the mappings that link mental spaces. A deep result of the research is that the same principles operate at the highest levels of scientific, artistic, and literary thought, and at the lower levels of elementary understanding and sentence meaning. Some key cognitive operations are analogical mappings, conceptual integration and blending, discourse management, induction and recursion. The analyses are based on a rich array of attested data in ordinary language, humor, action and design, science, and narratives. Phenomena that receive attention include counterfactuals; time, tense, and mood; opacity; metaphor; fictive motion; grammatical constructions; quantification over cognitive domains.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521599535
(228mm x 152mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Jun-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Gilles Fauconnier
Way We Think, Paperback (February 2003)
The Way We Think is a dazzling tour of the complexities of human imagination.--George Lakoff, co-author of Philosophy in the Flesh and Where Mathematics Comes From.
Spaces, Worlds and Grammar, Paperback (December 1996)
These 12 original papers extend the mental-spaces framework developed by Gilles Fauconnier and demonstrate its utility in solving deep problems in linguistics and discourse theory. The contributors analyze a wide range of phenomena, including analogical counterfactuals and deictic expression.
Mental Spaces, Paperback (August 1994)» View all books by Gilles Fauconnier
The classic introduction to the study of mental spaces and conceptual projection.
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