Embodied motivations for abstract in and on constructions
2017 (English)In: Constructing Families of Constructions: Analytical perspectives and theoretical challenges / [ed] Francisco José Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez, Alba Luzondo Oyón and Paula Pérez Sobrino, Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2017Chapter in book (Refereed)
This chapter investigates the relationship between abstract in and on constructions (i.e. grammatical form and meaning pairings (cf. Langacker 1987: 409; Goldberg 2005: 3) and body-world knowledge. Abstract in and on instances retrieved from the British National Corpus (BNC) are analyzed to identify what types of abstract concepts are construed as containing entities (used with the English preposition/particle in) and what types of abstract concepts are construed as objects/supporting surfaces (used with the preposition/particle on). Analyses show that abstract in and on constructions fall into families of constructions that refer to related concepts, and that these, in turn, are connected with specific types of embodied experiences. Body-world knowledge thus provides a principled way of explaining the constructions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2017.
Human Cognitive Processing, ISSN ISSN 1387-6724 ; 58
English, body-world knowledge, particles, prepositions, abstract concepts
Research subject language studies
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-131313ISBN: 9789027246745 (print)ISBN: 9789027265654 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-131313DiVA: diva2:1073553
ProjectsApplying Cognitive Linguistics to Second Language Teaching: A case study of the English prepositions in, at and on
FunderThe Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities (KVHAA), 2009.0295Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, 2009.0295