By Mark Turner

During this e-book, Mark Turner indicates that the languages of literature and lifestyle are diverse expressions of a similar common mechanisms of the brain. Drawing at the languages and metaphors of kinship and causation, and on myriad examples in English literature from Chaucer to Wallace Stevens, he argues convincingly that each one our pondering with language relies on a limited variety of deep metaphors and inference styles.

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It contains and summarizes, in miniature, its parents. A child is ignorant, untutored, as yet lacking sufficient experience to understand its existence. It is wise because its insight is not yet clouded by socialization. It is innocent, sweet, winsome. It is both childish and childlike in its emotional patterns: unserious, playful, frisky, joyful, mischievous, mirthful. It connotes naturalness and rebirth. It has rights by inheritance. ' Many of these connotations combine to connote submissiveness.

The present example illustrates how, to understand a metaphor, we often must revise concepts. It also lets me introduce a claim I argue in che next chapter-chat understanding novel or extended kinship metaphor still depends upon locating familiar metaphoric inferences. /inragr is called upon to specify the pach. For those alread}' familiar, say from \Vhorf or phrases like "moilier tongue," with the general notion that what you can think is somehow constrained by the possibilities of the languages you have learned, and that your thought inherits structures from your language, iliere will be no difficulty in finding the pach: Repeated interaction with the \\'orld (language) affects various components of Mind.

Vorld can affect Mind. Mind can affect Behavior. And Behavior can affect \\'orld: World> Mind Mind > Behavior Behavior> \Vorld Mind has components. The dominant component in kinship metaphors is Feeling (F). "His anger was offensive"). So when a feeling and a behavior have the same nominalization, then W>F can also appear to be W>B, and F>B can also appear to be B>B I will explain these later when I come to concatenations like \V>(F>)B, and when I examine the internal srrucrures ofF and B. Let us look at some evidence for each of these three major links.

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