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Time and Temporality in Language and Human Experience

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Edited By Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk and Krzysztof Kosecki

Culture and language provide two essential frameworks to deal with the concept of time. They view time as observer-determined and thus shed light on multiple and often conflicting temporalities we live in, think, and talk about. Relying on empirical methods, the book explores linguistic and psychological parameters of time perception and conceptualization. It deals, among others, with temporal aspects of language acquisition, neural mechanisms of memory and attention, as well as event structures. Further chapters focus on the understanding of time in philosophy, literature, the arts, and non-verbal communication.
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Time and Time Experience in Language

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Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk1, University of Lodz, Poland

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The paper focuses on the perception of time and temporal categories as mediated via language and in particular on the interplay between their ontological position juxtaposed with their conceptual function, also with respect to the framework of temporal metaphoric representations and construal in terms of a range of linguistic structure types. It is proposed that temporal expressions are used in language to account for the structure of events under the cognitive assumption of iconicity between form and meaning. A discussion is presented on fully elaborated temporal expressions in event structure as opposed to their reduced versions as well as their contribution to asymmetric events in language, and exemplified with the materials from large language corpora.

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