Semantic Leaps: Frame-Shifting and Conceptual Blending in Meaning Construction

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 29, 2001 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 304 pages
Semantic Leaps explores how people combine knowledge from different domains in order to understand and express new ideas. Concentrating on dynamic aspects of on-line meaning construction, Coulson identifies two related sets of processes: frame-shifting and conceptual blending. By addressing linguistic phenomena often ignored in traditional meaning research, Coulson explains how processes of cross-domain mapping, frame-shifting, and conceptual blending enhance the explanatory adequacy of traditional frame-based systems for natural language processing. The focus is on how the constructive processes speakers use to assemble, link, and adapt simple cognitive models underlie a broad range of productive language behavior.
 

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Contents

PART ONE FRAMESHIFTING
31
Models of Sentential Integration
71
FrameShifting and the Brain
92
PART TWO CONCEPTUAL BLENDING
115
Conceptual Blending in Modified Noun Phrases
125
Counterfactual Conditionals
203
BLENDING FRAMING
223
The Space Structuring Model
267
Bibliography
283
Index
297
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