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1 Cognitive Linguistics Croft&Cruse 2: Frames, domains, spaces: the organization of conceptual structure
2 2.1 Arguments for frame semantics Cognitive linguistics is a departure from both:Structural semantics (with semantic features) -- meanings of boy, girl, spinster is more than a feature analysis of MALE/FEMALE, ADULT/YOUNG and UNMARRIEDTruth-conditional semantics, since no unitary definition captures distinctions between live and alive
3 2.1 Arguments for frame semantics, cont’d Meaning is embedded in human experience, so the meaning of restaurant is related to CUSTOMER, WAITER, ORDERING, EATING, BILLThe experiential structure can be known as: frame, schema, script, global pattern, pseudo-text, [idealized] cognitive model, experiential gestalt, base, scene
4 2.1 Arguments for frame semantics, cont’d Cognitive linguistics/frame semantics defines words in relation to their frame.Deictic expressions require a frame to be interpreted, since they refer to the speech act: tense, person, spatial deixis (this, here), and definite/indefiniteMany concepts require a context: vegetarian requires a meat-eating culture as context.
5 2.1 Arguments for frame semantics, cont’d A word allows the speaker and hearer to focus their attention on only part of an entire frameCf RISK – any given use refers to only part of the RISK frameCf My dad wasted most of the morning on the bus, which makes reference to relationships, working day, time as a commodity, and the fact that the bus was in service
6 2.1 Arguments for frame semantics, cont’d Croft&Cruse list a number of other types of utterances that are difficult to analyze according to truth-conditions: change in word meanings, text coherence, negation, real-world knowledge, etc.
7 2.2 Concepts: profile-frame organization We need to identify frames based on the words and constructions of a human languageRADIUS is a profile against the base (=domain=frame) of CIRCLEThe meaning of a linguistic unit must specify both the profile and its baseA domain is a semantic structure that functions as the base for at least one concept profileNo concept exists autonomously
8 2.3 Some consequences of the profile-frame/domain distinction Three allied theories:Artificial intelligence: a script is a frame/domain for a sequence of eventsCognitive psychology: “theory theory” states that categorization is based not on perceptual features but on theories of biological kinds and artifactsSociology: there can be differences in how communities use concepts
9 2.3 Some consequences of the profile-frame/domain distinction Q: Why is the profile-frame/domain distinction important?
10 2.3 Some consequences of the profile-frame/domain distinction Q: Why is the profile-frame/domain distinction important?A: Because “some distinctions in word meaning apply not to the profiled concept -- what is usually thought of as ‘the definition’ of a word -- but to its frame/domain.”E.g. ROE vs. CAVIARvs.
11 2.3 Some consequences of the profile-frame/domain distinction Examples:LAND is profiled against SEA, but GROUND is profiled against AIRROE is profiled against fish reproduction, but CAVIAR is profiled against foodSTINGY is profiled against GENEROSITY, but THRIFTY is profiled against WASTEFULNESSFETUS is profiled against MAMMAL, UNBORN BABY is profiled against HUMAN BABYVS.
12 2.3 Some consequences of the profile-frame/domain distinction Polysemy can be understood as a multiplicity of frames/domains for a single itemExample: MOUTH can be profiled against BODY, BOTTLE, CAVE, RIVERThe range of frames/domains available for a given item may be language-specific -- this is a way in which languages differ, and can make items “untranslatable” by including cultural referencesExample: Czech mlsat
13 2.4 Extensions of the basic profile-frame/domain distinction 2.4.1 Locational and configurational profiles -- a locational profile accounts for deixis, such as the meaning of HERE; RECTANGLE is an example of a configurational profile2.4.2 Scope of predication -- NIECE presupposes kinship relations, but you need only part of the system
14 2.4 Extensions of the basic profile-frame/domain distinction 2.4.3 Relationships between domains -- there can be chains of profile-frame/domain distinctions: RADIUS is profiled against CIRCLE which is profiled against SPACEBasic domains -- grounded in embodied human experience vs. abstract domainsA concept may be profiled in many domains simultaneously -- the domain matrix of HUMAN BEING, or of the letter T
15 2.5 Domains and idealized cognitive models The frame/domain of a word may represent an idealized version of the world that does not include all possible real-world situations (e.g. BACHELOR)Encyclopedic knowledge is used to properly understand a concept, and this knowledge is all interconnected in our minds
16 2.6 Mental spacesThe notion of mental space replaces the notion of possible worlds.A mental space is a cognitive structure that can represent beliefs and hypothetical situationsBase space is usually present realitySpace builders are linguistic expressions that build links between base space and other mental spaces
17 2.6 Mental spaces Mental spaces include roles and values A role is a linguistics description describing a categoryA value is an individual that can be described by that categoryRoles and values can have counterparts across different mental spacesA blended space is a special mental space that combines two input spaces