The Semantics of English Prepositions: Spatial Scenes, Embodied Meaning, and Cognition

The Semantics of English Prepositions: Spatial Scenes, Embodied Meaning, and Cognition

by Andrea Tyler, Vyvyan Evans
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521814308

ISBN-13: 9780521814300

Pub. Date: 06/05/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Using a cognitive linguistics perspective, this work provides the most comprehensive, theoretical analysis of the semantics of English prepositions available. All English prepositions are originally coded as spatial relations between two physical entities. While retaining their original meaning, prepositions have also developed a rich set of non-spatial meanings.

Overview

Using a cognitive linguistics perspective, this work provides the most comprehensive, theoretical analysis of the semantics of English prepositions available. All English prepositions are originally coded as spatial relations between two physical entities. While retaining their original meaning, prepositions have also developed a rich set of non-spatial meanings. Andrea Tyler and Vyvyan Evans argue that all the meanings are systematically related through a set of cognitive principles, emphasizing the importance of human experience with the world as the foundation for lexical meaning.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521814300
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/05/2003
Pages:
254
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. The nature of meaning; 2. Embodied meaning and spatial experience; 3. Towards a model of principled polysemy: spatial scenes and conceptualization; 4. The semantic network for over; 5. The vertical axis; 6. Spatial particles of orientation; 7. Bounded landmarks; 8. Conclusion; References; Index.

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