Mental Spaces in Grammar: Conditional Constructions by Barbara DancygierMental Spaces in Grammar: Conditional Constructions by Barbara Dancygier

Mental Spaces in Grammar: Conditional Constructions

byBarbara Dancygier, Eve Sweetser

Paperback | March 19, 2009

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Conditional constructions have long fascinated linguists, grammarians and philosophers. Eve Sweetser and Barbara Dancygier offer a new descriptive framework by broadening the range of study. Using a gamut of English conditional constructions, they explore issues such as the compositionality of constructional meaning, describing both the mental-space building processes underlying conditional thinking, and the form-meaning relationship involved in expressing conditionality.
Title:Mental Spaces in Grammar: Conditional ConstructionsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:316 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.71 inPublished:March 19, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:052110324X

ISBN - 13:9780521103244

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Table of Contents

1. Conditional constructions, mental spaces and semantic compositionality; 2. Prediction, alternativity and epistemic stance; 3. Tense, epistemic distance and embedded spaces; 4. Future and present forms in conditional constructions; 5. Non-alternatives and alternatives: mental spaces in different domains; 6. Then and even if: mental-space deixis and referential uniqueness; 7. Clause order and space building: if, because, unless and except if; 8. Uniqueness and negative stance: only if and if only; 9. Coordinate constructions and conditional meaning; 10. The door-scraper in the Wild Wood: conditional constructions and frame-based space building; References; Indexes.

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"The book is welcome and long-awaited...[Mental Spaces in Grammar] gives a uniquely comprehensive account of the richness of the field and the cognitive dimensions that are involved. The authors (p. 27) describe the book as 'a tour of English conditional constructions' -- a promise that they live up to with flying colours."
-Peter Harder, University of Copenhagen, Functions of Language