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Embodied intersubjectivity, sedimentation and non-actual motion expressions

Zlatev, Jordan LU and Blomberg, Johan LU (2016) In Nordic Journal of Linguistics 39(2). p.185-208
Abstract

As part of a long-term project investigating the relevance of phenomenology for (cognitive) linguistics we analyse two central, interrelated concepts: embodied intersubjectivity (intercorporeality) and sedimentation. With respect to the first, we spell out a number of different intercorporeal structures, emanating at the most fundamental level from the dual Leibkörper nature of the body. Further, we demonstrate that sedimentation is more than a 'geological metaphor' as meaning is intrinsically layered in human experience. This is first illustrated by reviewing evidence from ontogenetic semiotic development within the framework of the Mimesis Hierarchy model (Zlatev 2013). Then, we focus on the linguistic construal of situations lacking... (More)

As part of a long-term project investigating the relevance of phenomenology for (cognitive) linguistics we analyse two central, interrelated concepts: embodied intersubjectivity (intercorporeality) and sedimentation. With respect to the first, we spell out a number of different intercorporeal structures, emanating at the most fundamental level from the dual Leibkörper nature of the body. Further, we demonstrate that sedimentation is more than a 'geological metaphor' as meaning is intrinsically layered in human experience. This is first illustrated by reviewing evidence from ontogenetic semiotic development within the framework of the Mimesis Hierarchy model (Zlatev 2013). Then, we focus on the linguistic construal of situations lacking actual motion in dynamic terms through expressions of non-actual motion such as The road goes through the forest and He was uplifted by her smile. We review studies of non-actual motion in Swedish, English, French, Bulgarian and Thai extending and re-formulating previous analyses. We argue that the present analysis is more adequate than cognitive linguistic explanations in terms of 'mental simulation' and 'conceptual metaphor'. We conclude by pointing out how our phenomenological investigation can help resolve a number of classical dilemmas in semantics: Is language primarily grounded in the body or in society? Is the ontology of linguistic meaning mental or social? What is the relationship between pre-linguistic experiences and linguistic conventions?

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Construal, Conventions, Embodiment, Emotions, Intersubjectivity, Keywords body, Leibkörper, Metaphor, Motivations, Phenomenology
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Nordic Journal of Linguistics
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39
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24 pages
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Cambridge University Press
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0332-5865
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10.1017/S0332586516000123
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  language     = {eng},
  month        = {10},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {185--208},
  publisher    = {Cambridge University Press},
  series       = {Nordic Journal of Linguistics},
  title        = {Embodied intersubjectivity, sedimentation and non-actual motion expressions},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0332586516000123},
  volume       = {39},
  year         = {2016},
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