Many Spaces

Mark Turner

in The Literary Mind

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

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The chapter discusses the concept of generic space which houses the abstract structure shared by input spaces and indicates the counterpart connections between these input spaces. The author identifies a related projection model called GENERIC IS SPECIFIC, wherein generic information that is often image-schematic is projected from a specific space to give structure to a generic space. Blends are constructed when two stories share an abstract structure which is contained in the generic space that connects them. Generic space can be awakened by transforming it into a blended space through the application of specifics from both the source and target. The gradient of middle spaces is then introduced as the path along which a generic space travels to be transformed gradually into a richly blended space. The remaining sections summarize the characteristics of the parable and reasserts that literary processes like blending enable the everyday mind to function.

Keywords: generic space; generic information; projection model; blend; specific space; middle space; gradient

Chapter.  14714 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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