Figured Tales

Mark Turner

in The Literary Mind

Published in print November 1998 | ISBN: 9780195126679
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853007 | DOI:
Figured Tales

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The chapter opens with a discussion of ACTORS ARE MOVERS, which is a subset of events are actions and projects stories of body motion onto action stories. Another special subset, ACTORS ARE MANIPULATORS, involves projecting stories of bodily manipulation onto other action stories. The two cases are compatible and even overlap to create another sub-pattern: ACTORS ARE MOVERS AND MANIPULATORS. These in turn lead to more specific patterns which include THE MIND IS A BODY MOVING THROUGH SPACE and a second one involving a body manipulating cognitive instruments and conceptual tools: A THINKER IS A MOVER AND A MANIPULATOR. The subsets of the general pattern involving event stories are also identified and discussed and these include: EVENTS ARE BODY ACTORS, EVENTS ARE MOVERS, EVENTS ARE MANIPULATORS, and EVENTS ARE MOVERS AND MANIPULATORS. The remaining section discusses the projection of spatial stories without animate actors as well as nonspatial stories.

Keywords: nonspatial stories; manipulators; event stories; animate actors; body actors; spatial stories

Chapter.  7701 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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