Metaphor and Mechanism

In any scientific field, researchers construct theoretical models of the phenomenon under consideration. Often, these models employ some sort of metaphor to ground the phenomenon in more familiar language. For example, biologists sometimes describe the immune system in terms of lock-and-key dynamics, cells in terms of factories, and DNA in terms of a language (Brown, … Continue reading Metaphor and Mechanism

Towards a Profanity-Inclusive Construction Grammar (Pt.2)

So, to briefly recap: we’ve established that there’s a thing called construction grammar, which can be used to describe the ways people speak and understand language (see Part 1). We also established that there’s a particular type of construction grammar called Embodied Construction Grammar, which bases its idea of “meaning” on schemas about embodied experiences … Continue reading Towards a Profanity-Inclusive Construction Grammar (Pt.2)

Towards a Profanity-Inclusive Construction Grammar (Pt. 1)

This post was originally intended to describe some issues involved in building a grammar that allows for the usage and understanding of profanity. Instead, I ended up giving a brief introduction to construction grammar, as well as a particular version of construction called Embodied Construction Grammar. If you're familiar with these things already, feel free … Continue reading Towards a Profanity-Inclusive Construction Grammar (Pt. 1)