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    DescriptionMental Spaces is the classic introduction to the study of mental spaces and conceptual projection, as revealed through the structure and use of language. It examines in detail the dynamic construction of connected domains as discourse unfolds. The discovery of mental space organization has modified our conception of language and thought: powerful and uniform accounts of superficially disparate phenomena have become available in the areas of reference, presupposition projection, counterfactual and analogical reasoning, metaphor and metonymy, and time and aspect in discourse. The present work lays the foundation for this research. It uncovers simple and general principles that lie behind the awesome complexity of everyday logic.

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    Mental Spaces
    Aspects of Meaning Construction in Natural Language
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Gilles Fauconnier, Foreword by Eve Sweester, Foreword by George Lakoff
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 224 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 422 g
    ISBN 13: 9780521449496
    ISBN 10: 0521449499

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LAN
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S1.5
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15700
    B&T General Subject: 480
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    BISAC V2.8: LAN009000
    Ingram Subject Code: LA
    BIC subject category V2: CFA
    Libri: I-LA
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    BIC subject category V2: CFD
    DC20: 401.43
    BISAC V2.8: LAN016000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
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    DC22: 401/.43
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    LC classification: P325 .F37 1994
    Thema V1.0: CFD, CFA
    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    50 b/w illus. 2 tables
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    Publication date
    01 September 1994
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    Review quote
    'In Fauconnier's, at long last, published book Mental Spaces, he describes a theory of human knowledge representation and linguistic processing that provides a simple and uniform account of a wide variety of problems that have long perplexed both linguists and philosophers of language ... Fauconnier's theory is particularly important in its identification of the role of cognitive factors, especially principles for organizing knowledge and procedural strategies for semantic interpretation, in what is often loosely termed the 'logic' of natural language ... The study of mental spaces as a cohesive and pervasive organizational device is a powerful new idea.' John Dinsmore, Cognitive Science
    Back cover copy
    This book is a major advance in the study of reference, descriptions, and coreference-topics that have long been at the center of research in linguistics and the philosophy of language.
    Table of contents
    1. Pragmatic functions and images; 2. Roles and multiple connectors; 3. Presuppositions: floating, transfer, and projection strategies; 4. Counterfactuals and comparatives; 5. Transspatial operators, philosophical issues, and future perspectives; Notes; References; Index.