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Linguistics, Vol.6 No.2 December 2005. -

In the light of the automatic nature of the process of conceptual integration we examine

the cognitive-conceptual status of the four types of mental spaces and their

elements: the input spaces, the generic space and the blend. On the basis of the

differences obtaining between the four types of mental spaces we divide them into

defocused, highlighted and focal mental spaces. We further discuss the place and

manner of intepretation of two basic types of metonymy in the context of blending

theory and propose the introduction of a fifth mental space where such metonymies

would be interpreted, namely the pre-input spaces in the case of nonmetaphoric

counterfactuals, or the pre-target space when metonymy operates

within a metaphoric utterance.

basic model of conceptual integration; input spaces; generic space; blend; elements of mental spaces; defocused, highlighted and focal mental spaces; pre-input spaces; pre-target space; metaphor; metonymy



Author: Branimir Belaj - orcid.org-0000-0002-2334-9673 ; Faculty of Philosophy, University of Osijek

Source: http://hrcak.srce.hr/



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