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.