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Behav. Sci. 2017, 7(4), 84; https://doi.org/10.3390/bs7040084

The Role of Motion Concepts in Understanding Non-Motion Concepts

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Department of Language, Chabahar Maritime University, Chabahar 99717-56499, Iran
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School of Psychology, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA 5005, Australia
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Received: 13 November 2017 / Revised: 13 December 2017 / Accepted: 13 December 2017 / Published: 14 December 2017
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Abstract

This article discusses a specific type of metaphor in which an abstract non-motion domain is described in terms of a motion event. Abstract non-motion domains are inherently different from concrete motion domains. However, motion domains are used to describe abstract non-motion domains in many metaphors. Three main reasons are suggested for the suitability of motion events in such metaphorical descriptions. Firstly, motion events usually have high degrees of concreteness. Secondly, motion events are highly imageable. Thirdly, components of any motion event can be imagined almost simultaneously within a three-dimensional space. These three characteristics make motion events suitable domains for describing abstract non-motion domains, and facilitate the process of online comprehension throughout language processing. Extending the main point into the field of mathematics, this article discusses the process of transforming abstract mathematical problems into imageable geometric representations within the three-dimensional space. This strategy is widely used by mathematicians to solve highly abstract and complex problems. View Full-Text
Keywords: metaphor; motion event; concreteness; emotions; embodiment; mathematics metaphor; motion event; concreteness; emotions; embodiment; mathematics
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Khatin-Zadeh, O.; Banaruee, H.; Khoshsima, H.; Marmolejo-Ramos, F. The Role of Motion Concepts in Understanding Non-Motion Concepts. Behav. Sci. 2017, 7, 84.

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