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Of of pertaining to any method of human communication, either spoken or written, consisting of the use of words in a structured and conventional way, whether united in a system specific to a country or region.

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formal blend

Language; Linguistics

Involves selective projection of specific lexical forms (‘word projection’) to the blended space in an integration network. For instance, the XYZ construction involves formal ...

formal idioms

Language; Linguistics

Idioms of this kind provide a syntactic frame or template into which different lexical items can be inserted. An example of a formal idiom is the let alone construction. The ...

formal linguistics

Language; Linguistics

Approaches to modeling language that posit explicit mechanical devices or procedures operating on theoretical primitives in order to produce the complete set of linguistic ...

foundation-expansion spaces

Language; Linguistics

In mental spaces theory, the ‘If A then B’ construction serves as a space builder to set up two successive spaces: the foundation space and the expansion space. The foundation ...

basic domain

Language; Linguistics

A domain (1) which derives directly from human embodied experience, and which stands in contrast to an abstract domain. Basic domains are derived from both sensory experience and ...

basic level

Language; Linguistics

According to prototype theory, the level of category formation which is held to be optimal for human beings in terms of cognitive economy. This level of categorization provides a ...

blended space

Language; Linguistics

In an integration network, the mental space which results from conceptual integration, giving rise to emergent structure.