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Mental Spaces in Grammar
Conditional Constructions

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Linguistics

  • Date Published: March 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521103244

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About the Authors
  • Conditional constructions have long fascinated linguists, grammarians and philosophers. Eve Sweetser and Barbara Dancygier offer a new descriptive framework by broadening the range of study. Using a gamut of English conditional constructions, they explore issues such as the compositionality of constructional meaning, describing both the mental-space building processes underlying conditional thinking, and the form-meaning relationship involved in expressing conditionality.

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    "The book is welcome and long-awaited...[Mental Spaces in Grammar] gives a uniquely comprehensive account of the richness of the field and the cognitive dimensions that are involved. The authors (p. 27) describe the book as 'a tour of English conditional constructions' -- a promise that they live up to with flying colours."
    -Peter Harder, University of Copenhagen, Functions of Language

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    • Date Published: March 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521103244
    • length: 316 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • contains: 20 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Conditional constructions, mental spaces and semantic compositionality
    2. Prediction, alternativity and epistemic stance
    3. Tense, epistemic distance and embedded spaces
    4. Future and present forms in conditional constructions
    5. Non-alternatives and alternatives: mental spaces in different domains
    6. Then and even if: mental-space deixis and referential uniqueness
    7. Clause order and space building: if, because, unless and except if
    8. Uniqueness and negative stance: only if and if only
    9. Coordinate constructions and conditional meaning
    10. The door-scraper in the Wild Wood: conditional constructions and frame-based space building

  • Authors

    Barbara Dancygier, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
    Barbara Dancygier is Assistant Professor in the Department of English, University of British Columbia.

    Eve Sweetser, University of California, Berkeley
    Eve Sweetser is Professor, Department of Linguistics and Director, Program in Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley.

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