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Coulson, Seana

Semantic leaps : frame-shifting and conceptual blending in meaning construction / Seana Coulson. - Cambridge ; New York ; Melbourne [etc.] : Cambridge University Press, ©2001. - XIII, 304 p.) : ill. ; 23 cm.

Bibliogr. p. 283-296.

Semantic Leaps explores how people combine knowledge from different domains in order to understand and express new ideas. Concentrating on dynamic aspects of on-line meaning construction, Coulson identifies two related sets of processes: frame-shifting and conceptual blending. By addressing linguistic phenomena often ignored in traditional meaning research, Coulson explains how processes of cross-domain mapping, frame-shifting, and conceptual blending enhance the explanatory adequacy of traditional frame-based systems for natural language processing. The focus is on how the constructive processes speakers use to assemble, link, and adapt simple cognitive models underlie a broad range of productive language behavior.

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