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Cognitive Linguistics and Greek

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Author(s): Andrea Sansò
Abstract This article introduces the basics of Cognitive Linguistics, a family of comparable approaches to language based on the assumption that linguistic structures are not autonomous and depend on general cognitive abilities. The major foci of interest of Cognitive Linguistics are briefly summarized and the few cognitive linguistic studies of Ancient Greek are presented. 1. Cognitive Linguistics The term ‘Cognitive Linguistics’ (CL) designates a “cluster of broadly comparable approaches” ( Geeraerts & Cuyckens 2007b:3) to natural language based on the assumption …
Date: 2013-11-01

Metaphor

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Author(s): Andrea Sansò
Abstract This article examines the various applications of the theory of conceptual metaphor to Ancient Greek. The theory of conceptual metaphor (Metaphor, Ancient Theories of) has been spawned by G. Lakoff and M. Johnson’s (1980) milestone book Metaphors we live by (new edition 2003). According to Lakoff & Johnson, people conceptualize many abstract semantic domains metaphorically, i.e., in terms of concrete semantic domains more tied to our bodily experience, and such metaphoric thinking is said to be systematica…
Date: 2013-11-01