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LINGUIST List 19.2974

Wed Oct 01 2008

Books: Semantics/Philosophy of Language: Holmqvist, Płuciennik

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        1.    Andy Nercessian, Infinity in Language: Holmqvist, Płuciennik

Message 1: Infinity in Language: Holmqvist, Płuciennik
Date: 01-Sep-2008
From: Andy Nercessian <anercessianc-s-p.org>
Subject: Infinity in Language: Holmqvist, Płuciennik
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Title: Infinity in Language: Conceptualization of the Experience of the
Published: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Author: Kenneth Holmqvist
Author: Jarosław Płuciennik
Hardback: ISBN: 1847189555 Pages: 185 Price: U.K. £ 29.99

The book Infinity in Language is a research monograph on the problem of the
sublime in language. The authors use methods from cognitive semantics and
poetics in order to thoroughly describe how the sublime is used in
language. It is a unique attempt to account for one of the most fascinating
problems of the human mind: the concept of infinity, and how the experience
of infinity and enthusiasm is expressed in language.

The book includes new findings in cognitive semantics relating to
rhetorical figures such as hyperbole, gradation and accumulation. Cognitive
semantics has focused so far on metaphor. This book fills the gap and gives
an account of other rhetorical figures. It contains also a historical
review of major theories of the sublime by Pseudo-Longinos, Boileau, Burke,
Kant, Schiller, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and others, i.e. it spans a
period from the first century AD till twentieth century. The authors answer
the question how is it possible to present the unpresentable. It is an
attempt to outline and develop a model of the rhetoric of the sublime. The
model consists of three elements: antimimetic evocation of the
unimaginable, a mimesis of emotions and figures of the discourse of the

The books argues in favour of non-cartesian semantics which takes into
account not only reason but also emotions, especially very intensive ones.
However, the authors also express reservations regarding omnipresent
rhetoric of the sublime. They follow those thinkers in the human history
who argued against fanaticism and in favour of tolerance and empathy. The
book is an original result of an interdisciplinary and international
collaboration, lasting many years, between a cognitive scientist and a
linguist and literary scholar.

Linguistic Field(s): Philosophy of Language

Written In: English (eng )

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