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|Title||What's in a schema? Bodily mimesis and the grounding of language|
Linguistics and Phonetics
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|Alternative location (URL)||http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/9783... Restricted Access (Alternative Location)|
|Publication/Series||From Perception To Meaning: Image Schemas In Cognitive Linguistics|
|Pages||313 - 342|
|Document type||Book chapter|
|Publisher||Walter De Gruyter & Co|
|Abstract English||The chapter defines mimetic schemas as dynamic, concrete and preverbal representations, involving the body image, which are accessible to consciousness, and pre-reflectively shared in a community. Mimetic schemas derive from a uniquely human capacity for bodily mimesis (Donald 1991; Zlatev, Persson and Gardenfors 2005) and are argued to play a key role in language acquisition, language evolution and the linking of phenomenal experience and shared meaning. In this sense they are suggested to provide a "grounding" of language which is more adequate than that of image schemas. By comparing the two concepts along six different dimensions: representation, accessibility to consciousness, level of abstractness, dynamicity, sensory modality and (inter) subjectivity the term "image schema" is shown to be highly polysemous, which is problematic for a concept that purports to be foundational within Cognitive Linguistics.|
Languages and Literatures
|Keywords||consciousness, bodily mimesis, "grounding", intersubjectivity, mimetic schemas, representation, language acquisition|
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