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

Cambridge University Press (2001)
Abstract
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. Frame-shifting is semantic reanalysis in which existing elements in the contextual representation are reorganized into a new frame. Conceptual blending is a set of cognitive operations for combining partial cognitive models. By addressing linguistic phenomena often ignored in traditional meaning research, Coulson explains how processes of cross-domain 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.
Keywords Semantics Psychological aspects  Frames (Linguistics  Concepts  Cognitive grammar
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Call number P325.5.P78.C68 2001
ISBN(s) 0521643619   0521027837   9780521643610
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