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Evolving Nature of the English Language

Studies in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics


Edited By Robert Kiełtyka and Agnieszka Uberman

This volume presents a collection of interdisciplinary papers pertaining to the most thought-provoking problems in the areas of both theoretical and applied linguistics. The contributors focus on contemporary developments in morphological, semantic and pragmatic theorizing. The contributions are also devoted to various aspects of the methodology of teaching English as well as some intricacies of translation.

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Conceptual Blending in Virginia Woolf’s “Lappin and Lapinova”: Identity, Integration, Imagination (Yuliya Davydyuk)


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Yuliya Davydyuk

Conceptual Blending in Virginia Woolf’s “Lappin and Lapinova”: Identity, Integration, Imagination

Abstract: This paper aims to represent one of the most promising theories of cognitive linguistics – conceptual integration theory, developed by Fauconnier and Turner’s (2002), to the analysis of Virginia Woolf’s “Lappin and Lapinova.” I apply blending model globally to this story to show how basic operations of mind – identity, integration, and imagination or in terms of what Fauconnier and Turner call “the mind’s three I’s” (Fauconnier and Turner 2002, 7) work for creating complex dynamics in the mental lives of the main characters. Building a conceptual integration network involves setting up mental spaces, selective projection to a blend and running three main operations in the blend itself: composition, completion and elaboration. I will show how these mechanisms, which play a fundamental role in conducting the blend, can be applied to Virginia Woolf’s “Lappin and Lapinova”. Moreover, I will attempt to combine this theory with other techniques used for analyzing literary texts mainly with Ryan’s (1991) Possible Worlds theory that explains the imaginative experience the main protagonists undergo, when they immerse themselves in the fictional worlds that can be traced in “Lappin and Lapinova”.

Keywords: mental spaces, conceptual integration, blending, imagination, Possible Worlds theory

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.

(Einstein, 1929).

Introduction. Linguo-stylistic aspects of “Lappin and Lapinova”

Virginia Woolf’s story...

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