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Language and the Creative Mind

edited by Mike Borkent, Barbara Dancygier, Jennifer Hinnell

This volume brings together papers from the 11th Conceptual Structure, Discourse and Language Conference, held in Vancouver in May 2012. In the last few years, the cognitive study of language has begun to examine the interaction between language and other embodied communicative modalities, such as gesture, while at the same time expanding the traditional limits of linguistic and cognitive enquiry into creative domains such as music, literature, and visual images. Papers in this collection show how the study of language paves the way for these new areas of investigation. They bring issues of multimodal communication to the attention of linguists, while also looking through and beyond language into various domains of human creativity. This refreshed view of the relations across various communicative domains will be important not only to linguists, but also to all those interested in the creative potential of the human mind.

Mike Borkent is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of English, University of British Columbia. Barbara Dancygier is Professor in the Department of English, University of British Columbia. Jennifer Hinnell is a Doctoral Student in the Department of Linguistics, University of Alberta.


  • ‘Language and the Creative Mind’: New Directions in Cognitive Linguistics Mike Borkent, Barbara Dancygier, and Jennifer Hinnell
  • Creativity versus Conventionality
  • 1 Development of Metaphorical Thinking: The Role of Language Daniel Casasanto
  • 2 Conventional but Not Dead: The Role of Metaphorically-Based Connections in the On-Line Processing of Prepositional Meaning Michele I. Feist and Brooke O. Breaux
  • 3 Creativity and the Sensorimotor Grounding of Mathematics Bodo Winter and Teenie Matlock
  • 4 How Creativity Strains Conventionality in the Use of Idiomatic Expressions Patrick J. Duffley
  • Constructions and Frames
  • 5 The Indefinite Article in Complex Quantifiers Ronald W. Langacker
  • 6 ‘Leap’ or ‘Continuum’?: Grammaticalization Pathways from Conjunctions to Sentence-Final Particles Mitsuko Narita Izutsu and Katsunobu Izutsu
  • 7 Negative Affect Conditionality in Korean -taka Jisup Hong
  • 8 Favorable and Unfavorable Effects: A Typology of Benefactive and Adversative Constructions in Japanese, Korean, and Ainu Katsunobu Izutsu and Takeshi Koguma
  • 9 A Multi-Frame Analysis of Separation Verbs Seiko Fujii, Paula Radetzky, and Eve Sweetser
  • Creativity and Discourse
  • 10 Creative Reading, World, and Style in Ben Jonson's ‘To Celia’ Peter Stockwell
  • 11 What is Literary ‘Atmosphere’? The Role of Fictive Motion in Understanding Ambience in Fiction Mark Deggan
  • 12 Motion Metaphors in Political Races Teenie Matlock
  • 13 Think of it as: Spacebuilders and Grounding in Public Science Discourse Carol Lynn Moder
  • 14 Conceptual Blending in Allegorical Political Rhetoric: Creativity in Managalase (Papua New Guinea) Oral Tradition William H. McKellin
  • Viewpoint, Language, and the Body
  • 15 Creativity Across Modalities in Viewpoint Construction Eve Sweetser
  • 16 Multimodal Construction Grammar Francis Steen and Mark Turner
  • 17 Thinking with the Body: Conceptual Integration through Gesture in Multi-Viewpoint Model Construction David DeLiema and Francis Steen
  • 18 Metaphors for Sensorimotor Experiences: Gestures as Embodied and Dynamic Conceptualizations of Balance in Dance Lessons Cornelia Müller and Silva H. Ladewig
  • 19 Balancing Acts: Image Schemas and Force Dynamics as Experiential Essence in Pictures by Paul Klee and their Gestural Enactments Irene Mittelberg
  • 20 Where Do Cognitive Biases Fit Into Cognitive Linguistics? An Example from the ‘Curse of Knowledge’ Vera Tobin
  • Sound, Image, and Communicative Modalities
  • 21 Wiggle Room: How Gestural Parameters Affect Singer and Audience Cognition in Art Song Performance Rena Sharon, Laurel Fais, and Eric Vatikiotis-Bateson
  • 22 Iconic Pitch Expresses Vertical Space Nathaniel Clark, Marcus Perlman, and Marlene Johansson Falck
  • 23 Convergence in Music and Language Syntactic Representations Christina Galeano
  • 24 Elastic Anchors for Imaginative Conceptual Blends: A Framework for Analyzing Animated Computer Interfaces Kenny K. N. Chow and D. Fox Harrell

December 2013

ISBN (Paperback): 9781575866703
ISBN (Cloth): 9781575866710
ISBN (electronic): 9781575866727

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