The Structure of Time: Language, Meaning and Temporal Cognition

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Vyvyan Evans
John Benjamins Publishing, 2003 - 286 Seiten
One of the most enigmatic aspects of experience concerns time. Since pre-Socratic times scholars have speculated about the nature of time, asking questions such as: What is time? Where does it come from? Where does it go? The central proposal of "The Structure of Time" is that time, at base, constitutes a phenomenologically real experience. Drawing on findings in psychology, neuroscience, and utilising the perspective of cognitive linguistics, this work argues that our experience of time may ultimately derive from perceptual processes, which in turn enable us to perceive events. As such, temporal experience is a pre-requisite for abilities such as event perception and comparison, rather than an abstraction based on such phenomena. The book represents an examination of the nature of temporal cognition, with two foci: (i) an investigation into (pre-conceptual) temporal experience, and (ii) an analysis of temporal structure at the conceptual level (which derives from temporal experience).
 

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Table of contents
10
The phenomenology of time
13
CHAPTER 3
33
CHAPTER 5
57
CHAPTER 6
72
CHAPTER 7
98
CHAPTER 8
123
The Matrix Sense
141
CHAPTER 14
177
CHAPTER 15
185
CHAPTER 16
201
CHAPTER 17
211
CHAPTER 18
227
CHAPTER 19
237
CHAPTER 20
251
References
269

CHAPTER 12
159
The Measurementsystem Sense
169

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