Chapter 4 Image Schemas and Concept Invention

Part of the Computational Synthesis and Creative Systems book series (CSACS)


In cognitive linguistics, image schemas are understood as conceptual building blocks that are learned in early infancy and which shape not only language but conceptualisation as a whole. In this chapter, we discuss the role that image schemas play in concept invention, with a focus on computational conceptual blending. Moreover, we motivate and outline a formalisation approach to image schemas representing them as interlinked families of theories.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Intelligent Cooperating Systems (IKS)Otto-von-Guericke University of MagdeburgMagdeburgGermany
  2. 2.Research Centre for Knowledge and Data (KRDB)Free University of Bozen-BolzanoBozen-BolzanoItaly
  3. 3.Bozen-BolzanoItaly

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