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Lecture Body-Specific Abstract Concepts: Mental metaphors with and without linguistic metaphors
Mon, April 20, 2009 • 3:00 PM • PAR 301
When people talk about abstract ideas, they often use metaphors from more concrete domains like space. In the first part of this talk, Casasanto reviews a series of experiments showing that these linguistic metaphors correspond to non-linguistic 'mental metaphors', which people activate automatically when they're talking and thinking. The last part of the lecture addresses the question: Where do these mental metaphors come from?