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The most salient element in figure-ground organization. An idea developed in Gestalt psychology and applied in cognitive linguistics in particular by Leonard Talmy in his conceptual structuring ...

figure-ground organization

Language; Linguistics

Human perception appears to automatically segregate any given spatial scene into a figure and a ground. A figure is an entity that, among other things, possesses a dominant shape, due to a definite ...

focal adjustment

Language; Linguistics

A notion in cognitive grammar. Relates to the way in which attention is differentially focused on a particular aspect of a given scene. This is achieved in language by a range of focal adjustments ...

focus input

Language; Linguistics

In a single scope network, the input space whose structure is the focus of the structuring in the blended space. That is, content from the focus input is structured by the frame supplied by the ...

focus of attention

Language; Linguistics

One of the kinds of pattern which serve to govern the distribution of attention in the attentional system. This pattern is illustrated by the following examples: # The wine merchant sold the ...

focus space

Language; Linguistics

The mental space where new content is currently being added at the moment of speaking.

force-dynamics system

Language; Linguistics

One of the schematic systems which make up the conceptual structuring system. This system relates to our experience of how physical entities interact with respect to force, including the exertion and ...

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