- Series: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics (Book 108)
- Paperback: 316 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Reissue edition (March 19, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 052110324X
- ISBN-13: 978-0521103244
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
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Mental Spaces in Grammar: Conditional Constructions (Cambridge Studies in Linguistics) Reissue Edition
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"The book is welcome and long-awaited...[Mental Spaces in Grammar] gives a uniquely comprehensive account of the richness of the field and the cognitive dimensions that are involved. The authors (p. 27) describe the book as 'a tour of English conditional constructions' -- a promise that they live up to with flying colours."
-Peter Harder, University of Copenhagen, Functions of Language
Conditional constructions have long fascinated linguists, grammarians and philosophers. In this pioneering study, Eve Sweetser and Barbara Dancygier offer a new descriptive framework for the study of conditionality, broadening the range of richly described conditional constructions. Using a range of English conditional constructions, they explore issues such as the compositionality of constructional meaning, describing both the mental-space building processes underlying conditional thinking, and the form-meaning relationship involved in expressing conditionality. This significant contribution to the field will be welcomed by a wide range of researchers in theoretical and cognitive linguistics.
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