A Cognitive-Semantic Analysis of the English Preposition "In"

Drozdowicz, Ariadna M (1998) A Cognitive-Semantic Analysis of the English Preposition "In". MPhil(R) thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

The thesis presents a lexico-semantic analysis of the English preposition in within the framework of Cognitive Grammar. Fifty-six uses of in are analysed, comprising spatial as well as abstract senses. The preposition is regarded as a unified concept whose meaning is manifested via a radial category of senses, involving various levels of abstraction. The category is organised according to the principles of mental imagery, metonymic and metaphorical processes. The role of image schemas in underlying the conceptual structure of the preposition in is experimentally demonstrated. The results indicate that the 56 uses of in are structured by the image schemas for CONTAINER, PART-WHOLE and PATH. The semantic analysis of the three senses comprises configurational as well as relational parameters of atemporal relations. The preposition in is defined on the basis of the three image-schematic gestalts.

Item Type: Thesis (MPhil(R))
Qualification Level: Masters
Keywords: Linguistics
Date of Award: 1998
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:1998-75395
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2019 20:16
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 20:16
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/75395

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