The Structure of Time: Language, Meaning and Temporal Cognition

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Vyvyan Evans
John Benjamins Publishing, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 286 pages
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One of the most enigmatic aspects of experience concerns time. Since pre-Socratic times scholars have speculated about the nature of time, asking questions such as: What is time? Where does it come from? Where does it go? The central proposal of "The Structure of Time" is that time, at base, constitutes a phenomenologically real experience. Drawing on findings in psychology, neuroscience, and utilising the perspective of cognitive linguistics, this work argues that our experience of time may ultimately derive from perceptual processes, which in turn enable us to perceive events. As such, temporal experience is a pre-requisite for abilities such as event perception and comparison, rather than an abstraction based on such phenomena. The book represents an examination of the nature of temporal cognition, with two foci: (i) an investigation into (pre-conceptual) temporal experience, and (ii) an analysis of temporal structure at the conceptual level (which derives from temporal experience).
  

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Table of contents
10
The phenomenology of time
13
CHAPTERS
33
CHAPTER 5
57
CHAPTER 6
79
The Duration Sense
107
CHAPTER 8
123
The Matrix Sense
141
CHAPTER 15
185
CHAPTER 16
201
CHAPTER 17
211
A third complex model of temporality
227
CHAPTER 9
232
CHAPTER 19
237
CHAPTER 20
251
References
269

The Agentive Sense
159
CHAPTER 13
169
The Commodity Sense
177

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Vyvyan Evans is Lecturer in Linguistics at the School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences, University of Sussex. He teaches a range of courses in general linguistics at undergraduate and post-graduate level. His research focuses on conceptual structure and semantics.

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