Mental Spaces

Mental Spaces

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First published in 1985 (MIT Press), Fauconnier's influential book, Mental Spaces, was instrumental in shaping the new field of cognitive linguistics. The concept of mental spaces--that we develop constructs during discourse that are distinct from linguistic constructs but are established by linguistic expressions--provides a powerful new approach to problems in philosophy and cognitive science concerning thought and language. It includes a new preface that provides context for the theory, and a new foreword by George Lakoff and Eve Sweetser (both of U.C. Berkeley).This usage is indeed central to picture reference and follows from Nunberga#39;s more general characterization of pragmatic reference. First, there is a pragmatic relation between a model and its representation. Something is a picture of somethinganbsp;...

Title:Mental Spaces
Author:Gilles Fauconnier
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 1994-08-26


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