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Time and Temporality in Language and Human Experience


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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Atemporality of Coextension Paths


Jacek Tadeusz Waliński1, University of Lodz, Poland


This study demonstrates a peripheral role of time conceived as an object of perception in mental processing of fictive motion expressions. More specifically, this study focuses on a specific category of fictive motion used for representation of static spatial configurations, which is referred to as coextension paths. Frequencies of language patterns found in the BNC indicate that at the conceptual level coextension paths tend to be processed as atemporal expressions of spatial extension. An apparent absence of temporality in coextension paths can be attributed to the basic conceptual difference between static physical objects and force-dynamic events. Since space is fundamentally static and globally accessible in nature, language users are inclined to express fictive motion without reference to the temporal axis. The results indicate that there exist two cognitive modes of processing coextension path expressions.

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