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Narrow paths, difficult roads, and long ways: Travel through space and metaphorical meaning
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
2013 (English)In: The Construal of Spatial Meaning: Windows into Conceptual Space / [ed] Carita Paradis, Jean Hudson & Ulf Magnusson, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013, 214-235 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
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This paper is a corpus linguistic analysis of 1000 random path-, road-, and way-instances from the British National Corpus. The aim is to show that both non-metaphorical and metaphorical instances of these terms (e.g. the bushes had grown across the path and the path of green consumerism) are intimately connected with people’s embodied experiences of travel through space along paths, roads, or ways. This is evident from a) the coherent way in which sentences including these terms are generally structured, b) the differences between path- road-, and way-sentences at a more specific level of abstraction, and c) the similarities between non-metaphorical and metaphorical sentences including the same term (e.g. non-metaphorical path and metaphorical path). The image-schematic structures of these experiences create coherence in word use. Differences between paths, roads, and ways, and hence between journeys along these, lead to variation in spatial metaphorical meaning.

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Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. 214-235 p.
, Explorations in Language and Space, 7
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metaphor, embodiment, cognition, spatial artefakts, affordances, function, obstacles, modifiers
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-52533ISBN: 978-0-19-964163-5OAI: diva2:618362
Embodiment of Motion Metaphors
Swedish Research Council, 2007-1062
Available from: 2013-04-26 Created: 2012-02-24 Last updated: 2015-03-12Bibliographically approved

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