Meaning Production, Modelling Mental Architecture and Blending
26 Pages Posted: 22 Sep 2012
Date Written: September 21, 2012
In this article, the models of mental spaces and blending proposed by Turner & Fauconnier are revisited in a cognitive-semiotic framework, which anchors all space networks in semiotic base spaces of mental and communicative activity. This move (sometimes termed the Aarhus model) makes it possible to establish a connection to a phenomenologically based modelling of mental architecture for apperception and action planning, and thus to regain a certain scientific realism. Five cases of blending are briefly reviewed: counterfactual conditionality, XYZ, metaphor, hypothesis, and agency.
Keywords: Mental spaces, blending networks, space delegation, mental architecture, relevance schemas, metaphor, hypothesis, agency
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