In the mental-spaces framework developed by Gilles Fauconnier in the mid-1980s, the mind creates multiple cognitive "spaces" to mediate its understanding of relations and activities in the world, and to engage in creative thought. These 12 original papers extend the mental-spaces framework and demonstrate its utility in solving deep problems in linguistics and discourse theory. Investigating the ties between mental constructs, they analyze a wide range of phenomena, including: analogical counterfactuals; the metaphor system for conceptualizing the self; abstract change expressions in Japanese; mood in Spanish; deictic expressions; copular sentences in Japanese; conditional constructions; and reference in American Sign Language. The research presented in this volume is intended for linguists and cognitive scientists. The contributors are Claudia Brugman, Gilles Fauconnier, George Lakoff, Yo Matsumoto, Errapel Mejias-Bikandi, Laura A. Michaelis, Gisela Redeker, Jo Rubba, Shigeru Sakahara, Jose Sanders, Eve Sweetser, and Karen van Hoek.
Gilles Fauconnier is professor in the Department of Cognitive Science at the University of California, San Diego. Eve Sweetser is associate professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley.
Acknowledgments 1: Cognitive Links and Domains: Basic Aspects of Mental Space Theory Eve Sweetser, Gilles Fauconnier. 2: Mental Spaces, Constructional Meaning, and Pragmatic Ambiguity Claudia Brugman 3: Analogical Counterfactuals Gilles Fauconnier 4: Sorry, I'm Not Myself Today: The Metaphor System for Conceptualizing the Self George Lakoff 5: Subjective-Change Expressions in Japanese and Their Cognitive and Linguistic Bases Yo Matsumoto 6: Space Accessibility and Mood in Spanish Errapel Mejias-Bikandi 7: Cross-World Continuity and the Polysemy of Adverbial Still Laura A. Michaelis 8: Alternate Grounds in the Interpretation of Deictic Expressions Jo Rubba 9: Roles and Identificational Copular Sentences Shigeru Sakahara 10: Perspective and the Representation of Speech and Thought in Narrative Discourse Jose Sanders, Gisela Redeker. 11: Mental Spaces and the Grammar of Conditional Constructions Eve Sweetser 12: Conceptual Locations for Reference in American Sign Language Karen van Hoek Index