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Language, Corpora and Cognition

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Edited By Piotr Pęzik and Jacek Tadeusz Waliński

This book focuses on matching theoretical predictions about language and cognition against empirical language data. The contributions use corpus linguistics methodology for their analysis. The contributors evaluate a variety of themes from combining syntax, semantics, discourse, terminology, to cognitive linguistics with the techniques and quantitative methods related to linguistic data processing.

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Using time to express remoteness in space: A corpus-based study of distance representations for motion medium in the National Corpus of Polish (Jacek Tadeusz Waliński)

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Jacek Tadeusz Waliński

University of Łódź

Using time to express remoteness in space: A corpus-based study of distance representations for motion medium in the National Corpus of Polish

Abstract: Entanglement of space and time in the human mind is among the most intensely pursued topics in contemporary cognitive science. A linguistic area that seems to be particularly suited to researching this problem is the domain of motion events because in this context expressions of distance can take both spatial and temporal representations. This study demonstrates a proportion between spatial and temporal expressions of distance for the semantic attribute of motion medium based on objectively verifiable frequencies of language patterns found in the National Corpus of Polish. Data obtained in this research show that in this semantic context Polish speakers tend to render distance both in spatial and temporal terms, with spatial representations being used more frequently, but not by a large margin. The results indicate that in the framework of motion events space and time act as complementary to each other, which suggests that they are correlated metonymically, rather than being asymmetrically dependent.

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