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DCAL Speaker Series: Julio Santiago de Torres (Universidad de Granada)

Start: Dec 9, 2014 1:00:00 PM


Abstract concepts (such as time, power, or morality) are linked to more concrete concepts (such as space, temperature, or brightness). Three different kinds of experiences give rise to such mappings: 1) perceptuo-motor experiences; 2) linguistically-mediated experiences; and 3) culturally-mediated experiences. For example, the association between the good and the right hand is supported by lopsided perceptuo-motor fluency, linguistic expressions such as “he is my right hand”, and cultural norms such as using the right hand for blessing and swearing. There is now evidence that each of these different sets of causes is in itself sufficient to establish conceptual metaphors. Yet, very little is known about how these experiential sources combine. In this talk I will discuss some recent cross-linguistic and cross-cultural studies that dissociate sources and assess the strength of the resulting mappings. The current picture is difficult to reconcile with a simple associative model of conceptual habit learning.
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