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From Conceptual Metaphor Theory to Cognitive Ethnolinguistics

Patterns of Imagery in Language


Edited By Marek Kuźniak, Agnieszka Libura and Michał Szawerna

The origins of this volume lie in the international conference Cognitive Linguistics in the Year 2012, convened by the Polish Cognitive Linguistics Association. The proceedings of the conference revolved around three major thematic areas: metaphorical and metonymic underpinnings of meaning in language and beyond, prototypical and gradual phenomena pertaining to linguistic categorization across the lexicogrammatical continuum, and the need for advancing theoretical tools. These recurring themes are reflected in the three-part structure of this volume, with contributions from nearly two dozen researchers exploring a broad array of linguistic as well as non-linguistic data.
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Embodiment and metaphorical meaning creation



Gábor Simon Eötvös Loránd University


This paper elaborates on a new theoretical orientation which argues that language plays an important role in the formulation and the organization of metaphorical concepts. On the one hand, it urges the reinterpretation of the role of embodiment in the construal of (metaphorical) meaning, emphasizing that embodiment is the result of a complex, circular relationship between the mind, the body and their physical and sociocultural environments. In this approach the linguistic metaphor is not simply the verbal manifestation of a conceptual pattern existing in the mind of the individual, because the linguistic metaphor initiates an intersubjective metaphorical conceptualization in the discourse, thereby it enables the negotiation and renegotiation of metaphors. On the other hand, this approach puts forward a proposal for modelling this “scaffolding” function of linguistic metaphor with a self-organizing feature map, a Kohonen network. In this model the metaphorical semantic structure is represented as an emergent local network in the distributed organization of conceptual knowledge, and it initiates the connection of two conceptual representations. The main advantages of this model are that it can demonstrate the role and the importance of linguistic metaphor in the development and the functioning of metaphorical conceptual patterns in the dynamic process of meaning creation.

Keywords: embodiment, intersubjectivity, construal, linguistic metaphor, scaffolding, representation, self-organizing feature map

1. Introduction

There are two important assumptions about current metaphor research in cognitive linguistics...

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