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Books: Cognitive Science: Evans

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Message 1: The Structure of Time: Evans

Date: Fri, 9 Apr 2004 11:06:12 -0400 (EDT)
From: paul <>
Subject: The Structure of Time: Evans

Title: The Structure of Time
Subtitle: Language, meaning and temporal cognition
Series Title: Human Cognitive Processing 12

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher:	John Benjamins

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Author: Vyvyan Evans, University of Sussex

Hardback: ISBN: 9027223645, Pages: x, 287 pp., Price: Europe EURO 95.00


One of the most enigmatic aspects of experience concerns time. Since
pre-Socratic times scholars have speculated about the nature of time,
asking questions such as: What is time? Where does it come from? Where
does it go? The central proposal of The Structure of Time is that
time, at base, constitutes a phenomenologically real
experience. Drawing on findings in psychology, neuroscience, and
utilising the perspective of cognitive linguistics, this work argues
that our experience of time may ultimately derive from perceptual
processes, which in turn enable us to perceive events. As such,
temporal experience is a pre-requisite for abilities such as event
perception and comparison, rather than an abstraction based on such
phenomena. The book represents an examination of the nature of
temporal cognition, with two foci: i) an investigation into
(pre-conceptual) temporal experience, and ii) an analysis of temporal
structure at the conceptual level (which derives from temporal

Table of contents

Acknowledgements ix 

I. Orientation 
1. The problem of time 3--11 
2. The phenomenology of time 13--32 
3. The elaboration of temporal concepts 33--37 
4. The nature of meaning 39--56 
5. The conceptual metaphor approach to time 57--77 
6. A theory of word-meaning: Principled polysemy 79--104 

II. Concepts for time 
7. The Duration Sense 107--121 
8. The Moment Sense 123--130 
9. The Instance Sense 131--134 
10. The Event Sense 135--140 
11. The Matrix Sense 141--157 
12. The Agentive Sense 159--167 
13. The Measurement-system Sense 169--176 
14. The Commodity Sense 177--183 
15. The Present, Past and Future 185--198 

III. Models for time 
16. Time, motion and agency 201--210 
17. Two complex cognitive models of temporality 211--226 
18. A third complex model of temporality 227--236 
19. Time in modern physics 237--249 
20. The structure of time 251--254 

Notes 255 
References 269 
Index 277

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Written In:	English (Language Code: ENG)

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