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Blended Spaces

I have read a short summary on blending by Fauconnier and Turner while I am waiting for the two books I ordered to arrive, The way we think and Mental Spaces, and this is what I got from it:

In blending, structures from two different spaces are merged into a third space, or the blended space.

Conceptual integration of related events form one complex event.

In these spaces cognitive reasoning, inference drawing, and emotional development occur.

One is not consciously aware of blending, but one can find it highlighted in language (i.e., jokes, puns, etc.)

While these spaces are under construction, other, more stable cognitive constructions are employed.

Spaces, domains, and frames can be expanded and modified.

At first, I had trouble distinguishing a blend from cognitive framing. If I understand it correctly, a blend uses cognitive frames as a structure to create a new frame/space/blend. This text was very short and provided little to no examples. I hope that the books that I have ordered will give me a better understanding of this process.

January 24, 2004 in Digital Spaces | Permalink

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