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Conceptual integration (4.0)



If we disregard perceptual integrations of the ”blue cup ” type, which lie outside the empirical realm of cognitive semantics, and the evolutionary integrations of structure Chris Sinha talked about at the Blending In Context summer school (Odense, 2002), which are not conceptual (nature is only a creative inventor by metaphoric extention), what remains is the kind of integration that occurs in human experience: conceptual integration. It seems, however, that cognitive semanticists are talking about a wide variety of processes when referring to ’conceptual integration’, so I have sketched out a tentative typology which may be useful in classifying particular examples and in formulating further research hypotheses. I presented the 1st version of this typology at the blending summer school. The 2nd version was made available the following week, during the blending conference (the first annual blending conference: ’The Way We Think’, Odense 2002). The 3rd version remained in intimate circulation, and now, this is the 4th version (4.0). Any suggestions for further revisions are welcome. First of all I propose we distinguish between intraspace, interspace and fusio

Year: 2011
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