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Title: Semantic Leaps
Subtitle: Frame-shifting and conceptual blending in meaning construction
Written By: Seana Coulson
Description:

Semantic Leaps explores how people combine knowledge from different domains
in order to understand and express new ideas. Concentrating on dynamic
aspects of online meaning construction, Coulson identifies two related sets
of processes: frame-shifting and conceptual blending. Frame-shifting is
semantic reanalysis in which existing elements in the contextual
representation are reorganized into a new frame. Conceptual blending is a
set of cognitive operations for combining partial cognitive models. By
addressing linguistic phenomena often ignored in traditional meaning
research, Coulson explains how processes of cross-domain mapping,
frame-shifting and conceptual blending enhance the explanatory adequacy of
traditional frame-based systems for natural language processing. The focus
is on how the constructive processes speakers use to assemble, link and
adapt simple cognitive models underlie a broad range of productive language
behaviour.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
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ISBN: 0521643619
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Pages: 318
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