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Title: Windows to the Mind
Subtitle: Metaphor, Metonymy and Conceptual Blending
Edited By: Sandra Handl
Hans-Jörg Schmid
Series Title: Cognitive Linguistics Research [CLR] 48

Cognitive linguists are convinced that the nature of linguistic structures
is strongly influenced by the way we experience and perceive the world and
by how we conceptualize and construe these experiences and perceptions in
our minds. At the same time, the study of linguistic structure and usage is
credited with the potential to open windows to how our minds work. The
present volume collects papers investigating linguistic phenomena that
reflect the key cognitive processes of metaphor, metonymy and conceptual
blending, which have proven to be highly influential in linguistic

Theoretical and methodological issues, such as metaphor identification and
the relevance of the target domain for children's understanding of
metaphor, are focused on in the first section. The second and third parts
are devoted to the application of the theoretical frameworks of the
conceptual theory of metaphor and metonymy and the theory of conceptual
blending to linguistic data. The contributions critically explore the
explanatory potential of these theories, build bridges between them, link
them with other approaches and notions (such as construction grammar,
common ground and stance/evaluation), and uncover conceptual regularities
and cognitive models that underlie and shape our language use in specific
domains. The linguistic structures under consideration span the range from
compounds and premodified noun phrases to constructions and texts such as
jokes and political speeches. Methods applied include psycholinguistic
experiments, analyses of data culled from authentic language corpora and
discourse-analytical approaches.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Cognitive Science
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9783110238198
Pages: 314
Prices: Europe EURO 99.95
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9783110238181
Pages: 314
Prices: Europe EURO 99.95