Actual and non-actual motion: why experientialist semantics needs phenomenology (and vice versa)

  title={Actual and non-actual motion: why experientialist semantics needs phenomenology (and vice versa)},
  author={Johan Blomberg and Jordan Zlatev},
  journal={Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences},
Experientialist semantics has contributed to a broader notion of linguistic meaning by emphasizing notions such as construal, perspective, metaphor, and embodiment, but has suffered from an individualist concept of meaning and has conflated experiential motivations with conventional semantics. We argue that these problems can be redressed by methods and concepts from phenomenology, on the basis of a case study of sentences of non-actual motion such as “The mountain range goes all the way from… 
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  • B. Duong
  • Linguistics
    Cogent Arts & Humanities
  • 2021
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