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Metaphor and Symbol

Document Type

Post-Print

Publication Date

1-1-2004

Subjects

Metaphor, Metaphor -- Psychological aspects, Literary discourse analysis, Conceptualism

Abstract

Conceptual integration theory (Fauconnier & Turner, 1998, 2002) is re-examined in the light of recent criticisms (e.g., Gibbs, 2000, 2001). It is argued that the assumption of four independent "cognitive spaces" enters the model primarily as an entailment of the "space," "blending," and "construction" metaphors, leads to unnecessary ambiguity, and works against statement of the theory in a form that supports derivation of testable hypotheses. Several examples from Fauconnier and Turner (2002) are analyzed to show that they can be interpreted more simply, without need of four separate "spaces." Suggestions are made for reformulating conceptual integration theory without the problematic metaphors.

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Author Accepted Manuscript of: L. David Ritchie, (2004) "Lost in "Conceptual Space": Metaphors of Conceptual Integration", Metaphor and Symbol 19:1, pages 31-50. Copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1207/S15327868MS1901_2.

DOI

10.1207/S15327868MS1901_2

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http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/8569

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