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Title: Mental Spaces in Grammar
Subtitle: Conditional Constructions
Written By: Barbara Dancygier
Eve E. Sweetser
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 108

Note: This is the paperback edition of a previously announced book.

Conditional constructions have long fascinated linguists, grammarians and
philosophers. In this pioneering new study, Barbara Dancygier and Eve
Sweetser offer a new descriptive framework for the study of conditionality,
broadening the range of richly described conditional constructions. They
explore theoretical issues such as the mental-space-building processes
underlying conditional thinking and the form-meaning relationship involved
in expressing conditionality. Using a broad range of attested English
conditional constructions, the book examines inter-constructional
relationships. Within the framework of Mental Spaces Theory, shared
parameters of meaning are shown to be relevant to conditional constructions
generally, as well as related temporal and causal constructions. This
significant contribution to the field will be welcomed by a wide range of
researchers in theoretical and cognitive linguistics.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Cognitive Science
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 052110324X
ISBN-13: 9780521103244
Prices: U.K. £ 21.99
U.S. $ 39.99