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Embodied motivations for metaphorical meanings
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), Psychology Department.
2012 (English)In: Cognitive Linguistics, ISSN 0936-5907, E-ISSN 1613-3641, Vol. 23, no 2, 251-272 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper explores the relationship between people’s mental imagery for their experiences of paths and roads and the metaphorical use of path and road in discourse. We report the results of two studies, one a survey examining people’s mental imagery about their embodied experiences with paths and roads, with the second providing a corpus analysis of the ways path and road are metaphorically used in discourse. Our hypothesis is that both people’s mental imagery for path and road, and speakers’ use of these words in metaphorical contexts are strongly guided by their embodied understandings of real-world events related to travel on paths and roads. The results of these studies demonstrate how bodily experiences with artifacts partly constrains not only how specific conceptual metaphors emerge, but how different metaphorical understandings are applied in talk about abstract entities and events.

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Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 2012. Vol. 23, no 2, 251-272 p.
Keyword [en]
metaphor, embodied simulation, psycholinguistics, corpus linguistics
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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Psychology; Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-52480DOI: 10.1515/cog-2012-0008ISI: 000304433500001ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84860522742OAI: diva2:505003
Embodiment of motion metaphors
Swedish Research Council, 2007-1062
Available from: 2012-02-22 Created: 2012-02-22 Last updated: 2015-03-06Bibliographically approved

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