Language, Cognition and Space - The State of the Art and New Directions - Vyvyan Evans

Language, Cognition and Space - The State of the Art and New Directions - Vyvyan Evans

14 Geometric and image-schematic patterns in gesture space

Language, Cognition and Space - The State of the Art and New Directions - Vyvyan Evans

Irene Mittelberg
RWTH Aachen University

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The main point of interest in this chapter is the spatialization of abstract information pertaining to grammatical concepts and theories. The author demonstrates that the prominent hand shapes and motion patterns that were found to recur across subject matters and speakers form a set of patterns which are reminiscent of simple geometric figures (e.g., squares, triangles, cubes, circles), as well as image and motor schemas proposed in the cognitive linguistics literature (e.g., object, path, balance, support, container, rotation; cf. Hampe 2005; Johnson 1987; Lakoff 1987; Mandler 1996, 2004; Talmy 1988).

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Mittelberg, Irene. 14 Geometric and image-schematic patterns in gesture space. Language, Cognition and Space - The State of the Art and New Directions. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 351 - 388 Jun 2010. ISBN 9781845535018. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=22048. Date accessed: 20 Jul 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.22048. Jun 2010

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