The Structure of Time: Language, meaning and temporal cognition

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One of the most enigmatic aspects of experience concerns time. Since pre-Socratic times scholars have speculated about the nature of time, asking questions such as: What is time? Where does it come from? Where does it go? The central proposal of The Structure of Time is that time, at base, constitutes a phenomenologically real experience. Drawing on findings in psychology, neuroscience, and utilising the perspective of cognitive linguistics, this work argues that our experience of time may ultimately derive from ...
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Overview

One of the most enigmatic aspects of experience concerns time. Since pre-Socratic times scholars have speculated about the nature of time, asking questions such as: What is time? Where does it come from? Where does it go? The central proposal of The Structure of Time is that time, at base, constitutes a phenomenologically real experience. Drawing on findings in psychology, neuroscience, and utilising the perspective of cognitive linguistics, this work argues that our experience of time may ultimately derive from perceptual processes, which in turn enable us to perceive events. As such, temporal experience is a pre-requisite for abilities such as event perception and comparison, rather than an abstraction based on such phenomena. The book represents an examination of the nature of temporal cognition, with two foci: (i) an investigation into (pre-conceptual) temporal experience, and (ii) an analysis of temporal structure at the conceptual level (which derives from temporal experience).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789027223678
  • Publisher: Benjamins, John Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 3/5/2004
  • Series: Human Cognitive Processing Series
  • Pages: 297
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Ch. 1 The problem of time 3
Ch. 2 The phenomenology of time 13
Ch. 3 The elaboration of temporal concepts 33
Ch. 4 The nature of meaning 39
Ch. 5 The conceptual metaphor approach to time 57
Ch. 6 A theory of word-meaning : principled polysemy 79
Ch. 7 The duration sense 107
Ch. 8 The moment sense 123
Ch. 9 The instance sense 131
Ch. 10 The event sense 135
Ch. 11 The matrix sense 141
Ch. 12 The agentive sense 159
Ch. 13 The measurement-system sense 169
Ch. 14 The commodity sense 177
Ch. 15 The present, past and future 185
Ch. 16 Time, motion and agency 201
Ch. 17 Two complex cognitive models of temporality 211
Ch. 18 A third complex model of temporality 227
Ch. 19 Time in modern physics 237
Ch. 20 The structure of time 251
Notes 255
References 269
Index 277
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