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Are metaphorical paths and roads ever paved?: corpus analysis of real and imagined journeys
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
2010 (English)In: Review of Cognitive Linguistics, ISSN 1877-9751, E-ISSN 1877-976X, Vol. 8, no 1, 93-122 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This paper provides a corpus linguistic analysis of verbs included in English path-, road- and way-sentences. My claim is that many of the differences between metaphorical and non-metaphorical patterns including these terms are related to a qualitative difference between real and imagined journeys. Both non-metaphorical and metaphorical instances go back to our experiences with real-world paths, roads and ways. Path and road-sentences are connected with motion along the specific artifacts that these terms refer to. Way-sentences refer to motion through space. Differences between prototypical and un-prototypical paths, roads and ways, however, and a close connection between prototypical instances and metaphorical meaning, result in differences between non-metaphorical and metaphorical patterns. The findings explain why the source domain verbs in metaphorical path- and road-sentences are more restricted than the verbs in the non-metaphorical sentences. They show why metaphorical ways, but hardly ever metaphorical paths and roads, are paved.

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Amsterdam: John Benjamins , 2010. Vol. 8, no 1, 93-122 p.
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affordances, embodiment, lexical patterns, metaphor, simulation
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Languages and Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-34592DOI: 10.1075/rcl.8.1.04johISI: 000208696000004OAI: diva2:322997
Swedish Research Council, 2007-1062
Available from: 2010-06-09 Created: 2010-06-09 Last updated: 2015-10-12Bibliographically approved

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