Mappings in Thought and Language

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 13, 1997 - Psychology - 205 pages
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Meaning 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 book reveals the creativity that underlies our effortless use of language in everyday life, when we engage in conversation, understand humor, or solve puzzles. The capacities and principles that we develop from infancy for ordinary thinking and talking are also the ones that drive scientific and artistic thought, high-level reasoning, and conceptual change. Researchers and graduate students in linguistics, cognitive science, and philosophy of language will find this text to be a fascinating addition to their collections.
 

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Contents

Mappings
1
1 The Importance and Relevance of Meaning Construction
2
2 Goals and Techniques
5
22 Some Examples
13
221 Counterfactuals
14
222 Analogy Metaphor and Conceptual Systems
18
Common Expressions That Depend on Complex Mappings
25
MentalSpace Connections
34
12 Induced Schemas
103
14 Fluidity and Reanalysis
104
Counterfactuals and Frames
106
3 Spreading and Cancellation
113
4 Fictitious Elements and Truth Conditions
120
42 The Missing Tree
126
5 Mixing Frames and Blending Spaces
127
Conclusion
130

2 Space Building
37
22 Some Grammatical Devices for Cognitive Construction
40
23 Examples
42
232 Achilles and the Tortoise
44
3 A New Look at Classic Notions
48
Base Viewpoint Focus and Access
49
32 Referential Opacity
51
33 Scope of Indefinites
59
34 Presupposition Projection
60
35 Grammar and Meaning
64
4 Truth Reference and Pragmatics
66
42 Truth and Reference
67
43 Pragmatics
70
Tense and Mood
72
1 Tense
73
12 Sequence of Tense
83
13 Verbs of Speech
88
14 Epistemic Distance
93
2 Mood
95
Analogical Counterfactuals
99
1 Analogy
102
Matching
131
2 Domain Operators
138
21 The Heir to the Throne
140
22 Widespread Rhinoceri
143
23 Spies and Beautiful Women
145
3 Metametaphorical Conditionals
146
Blends
149
2 Counterfactual Blends
158
3 Blends in Scientific Thought
165
32 When Failed Reductio Leads to Discovery
166
4 Blending and Metaphor
168
5 Blends in Action and Design
171
6 Blending and Grammar
172
7 Fictive Motion
177
8 Creativity in Everyday Life
181
9 Principles of Integration
185
Conclusion
187
References
193
Index
203
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