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experiential basis

Language; Linguistics

According to conceptual metaphor theory, conceptual metaphors are grounded in the nature of our everyday interaction with the world, either directly as in the case of primary metaphors or indirectly ...

external secondary reference object

Language; Linguistics

A kind of secondary reference object which serves to furnish the primary reference object with axial properties in order to locate the figure. An external secondary reference object is external to ...

extragrammatical idioms

Language; Linguistics

Examples of idiomatic expressions of this kind do not obey the usual rules of grammar. An example from English is: all of a sudden . In this expression, the quantifier all is followed by a ...


Language; Linguistics

A term coined by Alan Cruse . A facet is a word sense that is due to the part-whole structure of an entity and is selected by a specific utterance context. As with a sub-sense, a facet is ...

family resemblance

Language; Linguistics

A notion in prototype theory in which a particular member of a category can be assessed as to how well it reflects the prototype structure of the category it belongs to. This is achieved based on how ...

fictive motion

Language; Linguistics

A term coined by Leonard Talmy . The ascription of motion to an entity that cannot undergo veridical motion. For instance, in the following utterance: The fence runs across the field , motion is ...

field-based reference frame

Language; Linguistics

A reference frame involving a spatial relation established between a figure and a reference object in which the axial properties associated with the reference object derive from an encompassing ...

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