The Semantics of English Prepositions: Spatial Scenes, Embodied Meaning, and Cognition

@inproceedings{Tyler2003TheSO,
  title={The Semantics of English Prepositions: Spatial Scenes, Embodied Meaning, and Cognition},
  author={Andrea Tyler and Vyvyan Evans},
  year={2003}
}
Using a cognitive linguistics perspective, this book provides the most comprehensive theoretical analysis of the semantics of English prepositions available. All English prepositions originally coded spatial relations between two physical entities; while retaining their original meaning, prepositions have also developed a rich set of non-spatial meanings. In this innovative study, Tyler and Evans argue that all these meanings are systematically grounded in the nature of human spatio-physical… CONTINUE READING

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