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

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Overview

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 crossdomain 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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"Important...Makes the strong case that theories of language-use misrepresent what it is that readers must actually do. Coulson's book has much in common with other theorists' valiant efforts to get the field to change its ways." Contemporary Psychology

"Most cognitive science work on thought and language focuses on relatively small sets of linguistic examples that only bear on restricted theoretical models. Seana Coulson's book Semantic Leaps is a wonderful exception to this trend. Her work addresses a wide range of diverse, complex linguistic phenomena, and she aims to capture how people construct meaning in terms of flexible theoretical framework of conceptual blending theory. Coulson's research and writing make use of principles and empirical methods from linguistics, psychology, and neuroscience. The results of her studies push the boundaries of current cognitive science thinking about meaning construction. Semantic Leaps takes several small, but significant empirical steps, yet contains findings and ideas that represent a giant leap forward for the interdisciplinary study of mind and meaning." Raymond W. Gibbs, Jr., Professor of Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521027830
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/31/2006
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Semantic Leaps 1
Pt. 1 Frame-Shifting 31
2 Frame-Shifting and Models of Language Processing 33
3 Models of Sentential Integration 71
4 Frame-Shifting and the Brain 92
Pt. 2 Conceptual Blending 115
5 Conceptual Blending in Modified Noun Phrases 125
6 Conceptual Blending in Metaphor and Analogy 162
7 Counterfactual Conditionals 203
Pt. 3 Applications: Blending, Framing, and Blaming 223
8 Framing in Moral Discourse 227
9 Frame-Shifting and Scalar Implicature 246
10 The Space Structuring Model 267
Bibliography 283
Index 297
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