The Role of Motion Concepts in Understanding Non-Motion Concepts
AbstractThis 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
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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.
Khatin-Zadeh O, Banaruee H, Khoshsima H, Marmolejo-Ramos F. The Role of Motion Concepts in Understanding Non-Motion Concepts. Behavioral Sciences. 2017; 7(4):84.Chicago/Turabian Style
Khatin-Zadeh, Omid; Banaruee, Hassan; Khoshsima, Hooshang; Marmolejo-Ramos, Fernando. 2017. "The Role of Motion Concepts in Understanding Non-Motion Concepts." Behav. Sci. 7, no. 4: 84.
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