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From perception of spatial artefacts to metaphorical meaning
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
2012 (English)In: Space and Time in Languages and Cultures II: Language, Culture and Cognition / [ed] Filipović Luna & Kasia M. Jaszczolt, Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2012, 329-349 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter compares spatial constructs in mental imagery to spatial constructs in non-metaphorical and metaphorical language. The study is based on a psycholinguistic survey of people’s mental imagery for paths and roads, and a previous corpus-linguistic investigation of path- and road-instances from the British National Corpus (the BNC) (see Johansson Falck 2010). The aim is to investigate if spatial path and road constructs in mental imagery focus on similar aspects as those in metaphorical language. The study shows that mental imagery and metaphorical language are more restricted than non-metaphorical language, and typically are related to the specific anticipations for bodily action that paths and roads afford. The focus is on function, which influences both direction and manner of motion.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2012. 329-349 p.
Human Cognitive Processing, ISSN 1387-6724 ; 37
Keyword [en]
direction, afford, manner, function, mental imagery, motion
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Research subject
Linguistics; Psychology
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-52535ISI: 000310753400017ISBN: 978 90 272 2391 3 (print)ISBN: 978 90 272 7360 4 (print)OAI: diva2:527389
Embodiment of Motion Metaphors
Swedish Research Council, 2007-1062
Available from: 2012-05-21 Created: 2012-02-24 Last updated: 2015-03-06Bibliographically approved

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