Space and Time in Languages and Cultures: Language, Culture, and Cognition

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Luna Filipovi?, Kasia M. Jaszczolt, Katarzyna M. Jaszczolt
John Benjamins Publishing, 2012 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 361 pages
This is an interdisciplinary volume that focuses on the central topic of the representation of events, namely cross-cultural differences in representing time and space, as well as various aspects of the conceptualisation of space and time. It brings together research on space and time from a variety of angles, both theoretical and methodological. Crossing boundaries between and among disciplines such as linguistics, psychology, philosophy, or anthropology forms a creative platform in a bold attempt to reveal the complex interaction of language, culture, and cognition in the context of human communication and interaction.
The authors address the nature of spatial and temporal constructs from a number of perspectives, such as cultural specificity in determining time intervals in an Amazonian culture, distinct temporalities in a specific Mongolian hunter community, Russian-specific conceptualisation of temporal relations, Seri and Yucatec frames of spatial reference, memory of events in space and time, and metaphorical meaning stemming from perception and spatial artefacts, to name but a few themes.
The topic of space and time in language and culture is also represented, from a different albeit related point of view, in the sister volume Space and Time in Languages and Cultures: Linguistic Diversity (HCP 36) which focuses on the language-specific vis--vis universal aspects of linguistic representation of spatial and temporal reference.
 

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Contents

Linguistic cultural and cognitive approaches to space and time
1
I Linguistic and conceptual representation of events
13
1 Eventbased time intervals in an Amazonian culture
15
An epistemic solution
37
3 Aspectual coercions in content composition
55
Just where are forthcoming events located?
83
II Cultural perspectives on space and time
101
5 The Russian attitude to time
103
9 Linguistic manifestations of the spacetime disanalogy
191
Evidence from Seri and Yucatec
217
11 Verbal and gestural expression of motion in French and Czech
251
12 Languagespecific effects on lexicalisation and memory of motion events
269
Philosophical and developmental perspectives
283
The case of the English temporal construc
305
15 From perception of spatial artefacts to metaphorical meaning
329
Linguistic diversity
351

6 Two temporalities of the Mongolian wolf hunter
121
Semantic and cultural perspectives
143
8 Universals and specifics of time in Russian
167
III Conceptualizing spatiotemporal relations
189
Name index
355
Subject index
359
Language index
363
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