Mental Spaces in Grammar: Conditional Constructions

Mental Spaces in Grammar: Conditional Constructions

by Barbara Dancygier, Eve Sweetser
     
 

ISBN-10: 052110324X

ISBN-13: 9780521103244

Pub. Date: 03/19/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Conditional constructions have long fascinated linguists, grammarians and philosophers. Eve Sweetser and Barbara Dancygier offer a new descriptive framework by broadening the range of study. Using a gamut of English conditional constructions, they explore issues such as the compositionality of constructional meaning, describing both the mental-space building

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Overview

Conditional constructions have long fascinated linguists, grammarians and philosophers. Eve Sweetser and Barbara Dancygier offer a new descriptive framework by broadening the range of study. Using a gamut of English conditional constructions, they explore issues such as the compositionality of constructional meaning, describing both the mental-space building processes underlying conditional thinking, and the form-meaning relationship involved in expressing conditionality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521103244
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/19/2009
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Linguistics Series, #108
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
316
Sales rank:
1,119,243
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1. Conditional constructions, mental spaces and semantic compositionality; 2. Prediction, alternativity and epistemic stance; 3. Tense, epistemic distance and embedded spaces; 4. Future and present forms in conditional constructions; 5. Non-alternatives and alternatives: mental spaces in different domains; 6. Then and even if: mental-space deixis and referential uniqueness; 7. Clause order and space building: if, because, unless and except if; 8. Uniqueness and negative stance: only if and if only; 9. Coordinate constructions and conditional meaning; 10. The door-scraper in the Wild Wood: conditional constructions and frame-based space building; References; Indexes.

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