Semantic Leaps: Frame-Shifting and Conceptual Blending in Meaning Construction by Seana CoulsonSemantic Leaps: Frame-Shifting and Conceptual Blending in Meaning Construction by Seana Coulson

Semantic Leaps: Frame-Shifting and Conceptual Blending in Meaning Construction

bySeana Coulson

Paperback | November 2, 2006

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Semantic Leaps explores how people combine knowledge from different domains in order to understand and express new ideas. Concentrating on dynamic aspects of on-line meaning construction, Coulson identifies two related sets of processes: frame-shifting and conceptual blending. 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 behavior.
Title:Semantic Leaps: Frame-Shifting and Conceptual Blending in Meaning ConstructionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.71 inPublished:November 2, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521027837

ISBN - 13:9780521027830

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; 1. Semantic leaps; Part I. Frame-Shifting: 2. Frame-shifting and models of language processing; 3. Models of sentential integration; 4. Frame-shifting and the brain; Part II. Conceptual Blending: 5. Conceptual blending in modified noun phrases; 6. Conceptual blending in metaphor and analogy; 7. Counterfactual conditionals; Part III. Applications: Blending, Framing, and Blaming: 8. Framing in moral discourse; 9. Frame-shifting and scalar implicature; 10. The space structuring model; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"Most cognitive science work on thought and language focuses on relatively small sets of linguistic examples that only bear on restricted theoretical models. Seana Coulson's book Semantic Leaps is a wonderful exception to this trend. Her work addresses a wide range of diverse, complex linguistic phenomena, and she aims to capture how people construct meaning in terms of flexible theoretical framework of conceptual blending theory. Coulson's research and writing make use of principles and empirical methods from linguistics, psychology, and neuroscience. The results of her studies push the boundaries of current cognitive science thinking about meaning construction. Semantic Leaps takes several small, but significant empirical steps, yet contains findings and ideas that represent a giant leap forward for the interdisciplinary study of mind and meaning." Raymond W. Gibbs, Jr., Professor of Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz