Edited By Kinga Rudnicka-Szozda and Aleksander Szwedek
Abstract vs concrete: contrastive analysis of the conceptualization of stillness and motion in Polish and English
Abstract Are fictive motion and fictive stillness still abstract? Can concrete motion be conceptualized in an abstract way? Can fictive motion be eventually understood in terms of simulations of concrete experience or in terms of the product of the way that language influences thought? The goal of this talk is to argue for the framework of cognitive contrastive analysis of fictive and factive motion and stillness. There is a discussion of the issue of fictive and factive motion and stillness not only from the point of view of motion verbs that apply to a subject that is not literally capable of movement in the physical world but also from the point of view of lexical semantics that through the process of semantic derivation of meaning of e.g. nouns, rooted in the concrete, embodied nature of the concept of motion and stillness due to the nature of semantic change with its set of lexical operations influence this kind of process of conceptualization.