Image-schematic scaffolding in textual and visual artefacts

Barbara Dancygier, Lieven Vandelanotte

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

This paper expands the understanding of how image schemas, while essentially spatial in nature, allow more complex concepts involving non-spatial elements to emerge later. We suggest that the explanation requires adding viewpoint characterization to the concept of image schemas. It is their viewpoint affordances which allow image schemas to form the conceptual scaffolding which becomes subsequently enriched through frames, applied metaphorically, and/or blended with textual and/or visual representations, yielding new and complex meanings in a wide array of multimodal artefacts. As a case in point we study examples instantiating the BARRIER schema across a wide range of text types (poetry, prose, political discourse) as well as in visual and material artefacts such as cartoons, graffiti or film, showing how people ‘fill in’ the skeletal structure of a BARRIER, through frames, metaphors and blends, often resulting in a changed embodied interaction with the BARRIER (characterized by restricted permeability, mobility, vision, or control) or a reconstrual of its materiality, making it (fictively) permeable, transparent, etc. The cross-modality approach we adopt in this research supports the idea that image schemas are not just linguistic (i.e. prompted and maintained through language) but truly conceptual and psychologically real.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-106
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Pragmatics
Volume122
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017

Fingerprint

Schematic diagrams
Linguistics
artifact
graffiti
cartoon
permeability
poetry
metaphor
linguistics
Image Schema
Artifact
Scaffolding
discourse
interaction
language

Keywords

  • Barrier
  • Blending
  • Frames
  • Image schemas
  • Multimodality
  • Viewpoint

Cite this

@article{f20e584572b04bcda6f9b7b97bd68d09,
title = "Image-schematic scaffolding in textual and visual artefacts",
abstract = "This paper expands the understanding of how image schemas, while essentially spatial in nature, allow more complex concepts involving non-spatial elements to emerge later. We suggest that the explanation requires adding viewpoint characterization to the concept of image schemas. It is their viewpoint affordances which allow image schemas to form the conceptual scaffolding which becomes subsequently enriched through frames, applied metaphorically, and/or blended with textual and/or visual representations, yielding new and complex meanings in a wide array of multimodal artefacts. As a case in point we study examples instantiating the BARRIER schema across a wide range of text types (poetry, prose, political discourse) as well as in visual and material artefacts such as cartoons, graffiti or film, showing how people ‘fill in’ the skeletal structure of a BARRIER, through frames, metaphors and blends, often resulting in a changed embodied interaction with the BARRIER (characterized by restricted permeability, mobility, vision, or control) or a reconstrual of its materiality, making it (fictively) permeable, transparent, etc. The cross-modality approach we adopt in this research supports the idea that image schemas are not just linguistic (i.e. prompted and maintained through language) but truly conceptual and psychologically real.",
keywords = "Barrier, Blending, Frames, Image schemas, Multimodality, Viewpoint",
author = "Barbara Dancygier and Lieven Vandelanotte",
year = "2017",
month = "12",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1016/j.pragma.2017.07.013",
language = "English",
volume = "122",
pages = "91--106",
journal = "Journal of Pragmatics",
issn = "0378-2166",
publisher = "Elsevier",

}

Image-schematic scaffolding in textual and visual artefacts. / Dancygier, Barbara; Vandelanotte, Lieven.

In: Journal of Pragmatics, Vol. 122, 01.12.2017, p. 91-106.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Image-schematic scaffolding in textual and visual artefacts

AU - Dancygier, Barbara

AU - Vandelanotte, Lieven

PY - 2017/12/1

Y1 - 2017/12/1

N2 - This paper expands the understanding of how image schemas, while essentially spatial in nature, allow more complex concepts involving non-spatial elements to emerge later. We suggest that the explanation requires adding viewpoint characterization to the concept of image schemas. It is their viewpoint affordances which allow image schemas to form the conceptual scaffolding which becomes subsequently enriched through frames, applied metaphorically, and/or blended with textual and/or visual representations, yielding new and complex meanings in a wide array of multimodal artefacts. As a case in point we study examples instantiating the BARRIER schema across a wide range of text types (poetry, prose, political discourse) as well as in visual and material artefacts such as cartoons, graffiti or film, showing how people ‘fill in’ the skeletal structure of a BARRIER, through frames, metaphors and blends, often resulting in a changed embodied interaction with the BARRIER (characterized by restricted permeability, mobility, vision, or control) or a reconstrual of its materiality, making it (fictively) permeable, transparent, etc. The cross-modality approach we adopt in this research supports the idea that image schemas are not just linguistic (i.e. prompted and maintained through language) but truly conceptual and psychologically real.

AB - This paper expands the understanding of how image schemas, while essentially spatial in nature, allow more complex concepts involving non-spatial elements to emerge later. We suggest that the explanation requires adding viewpoint characterization to the concept of image schemas. It is their viewpoint affordances which allow image schemas to form the conceptual scaffolding which becomes subsequently enriched through frames, applied metaphorically, and/or blended with textual and/or visual representations, yielding new and complex meanings in a wide array of multimodal artefacts. As a case in point we study examples instantiating the BARRIER schema across a wide range of text types (poetry, prose, political discourse) as well as in visual and material artefacts such as cartoons, graffiti or film, showing how people ‘fill in’ the skeletal structure of a BARRIER, through frames, metaphors and blends, often resulting in a changed embodied interaction with the BARRIER (characterized by restricted permeability, mobility, vision, or control) or a reconstrual of its materiality, making it (fictively) permeable, transparent, etc. The cross-modality approach we adopt in this research supports the idea that image schemas are not just linguistic (i.e. prompted and maintained through language) but truly conceptual and psychologically real.

KW - Barrier

KW - Blending

KW - Frames

KW - Image schemas

KW - Multimodality

KW - Viewpoint

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85030631816&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1016/j.pragma.2017.07.013

DO - 10.1016/j.pragma.2017.07.013

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:85030631816

VL - 122

SP - 91

EP - 106

JO - Journal of Pragmatics

JF - Journal of Pragmatics

SN - 0378-2166

ER -