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  • Interview in Revista Amigos, University of Navarra A two-page interview in the University of Navarra magazine Amigos, January-March 2014 issue.Cristóbal Pagán: “En este momento tan difícil para la investigación, el ICS me está reconciliando ...
    Posted Jan 2, 2014, 1:55 AM by Cristóbal Pagán Cánovas
  • Check out the EU publication of NARLYR Results  NARLYR Results in Brief: The Emotional Secrets of Poetry It is the press summary of my Marie Curie project The Narrative Lyric: Conceptual Blending of Spatial Schemata with Emotion in ...
    Posted Oct 8, 2013, 4:53 AM by Cristóbal Pagán Cánovas
  • Talk at the workshop "Embodied cognition and experiential approaches to communication" International Conference of Linguists, Geneva 21-27, 2013Schematic integrations: Embodiment from the baby to the poet  Mandler & Pagán Cánovas ("On defining image schemas", forthcoming) propose a tripartite division of ...
    Posted Jul 29, 2013, 1:45 PM by Cristóbal Pagán Cánovas
  • Talk at the workshop "The Study of Emotions in Greek Culture" A. Chaniotis' ERC Advanced Grant, Emotions: The Greek Paradigm. May 17-18, 2013, U. Oxford Cognitive Patterns in Greek Emotion Metaphors    Thinking and talking about emotion is one of the ...
    Posted Jul 29, 2013, 1:34 PM by Cristóbal Pagán Cánovas
  • Talk at the CogSci Colloquium of Case Western Reserve May 8, 2013 With Professor Javier Valenzuela, University of Murcia. Timelines in the MindReaders adapt the mental image of an object mentioned in a figurative (spatial) time expression, in ...
    Posted Jul 29, 2013, 1:25 PM by Cristóbal Pagán Cánovas
  • Talk at the Fondation Hardt, Geneva Conference: Emotions in the Classical World: Methods, Approaches, and directions, May 2-4, 2013 Cognitive Patterns in Greek Emotion Metaphors On how we can integrate research from cognitive science (embodiment ...
    Posted Jul 29, 2013, 1:26 PM by Cristóbal Pagán Cánovas
  • Talk at the Cognition and Poetics Conference, Osnabrück CAP 2013, April 25-27 The Poetics of the Timeline Blend  This presentation compares the poetic use of the timeline blend (Coulson & Pagán Cánovas in press) in lyric imagery with ...
    Posted Jul 29, 2013, 1:22 PM by Cristóbal Pagán Cánovas
  • ORAL POETICS AND COGNITIVE SCIENCE An interdisciplinary conference at The School of Language and Literature at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), Freiburg, January 24-26, 2013. This is an activity within the ...
    Posted Jan 15, 2013, 6:21 AM by Cristóbal Pagán Cánovas
  • ORAL POETICS AND COGNITIVE SCIENCE Interdisciplinary conference at the Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies (FRIAS)   Deadline for submission of proposals: November 1, 2012 Notification of acceptance/rejection: November 10, 2012 Conference dates: January 24-26 ...
    Posted Sep 28, 2012, 11:29 AM by Cristóbal Pagán Cánovas
  • My talk at DGKL 5 with Mihailo Antović At DGKL 5, the Fifth Conference of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association, Oct 10-12, 2012, professor Antović and I will be giving a presentation that will introduce our FRIAS ...
    Posted Jun 26, 2012, 7:12 AM by Cristóbal Pagán Cánovas
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Sept 14, 2013: Anchoring time-space mappings and their emotions: The timeline blend in poetic metaphors

Expressions of time often involve motion along a path. In such representations, time units can move with respect to an observer (1), vice versa (2), or else the motion can be observed from an external viewpoint (3): 

(1) Winter is coming.
(2) We are approaching April. 
(3) The lecture will be followed by a reception.

TIME IS SPACE, as described by Conceptual Metaphor Theory, has become a classic set of conceptual mappings in metaphor research within cognitive linguistics. Conceptual Integration theorists have recently revised the TIME IS SPACE conceptual metaphor, and proposed a more complex structure of mappings. The result of that network of mappings is a particular event of motion through space, conditioned by its goal to represent time.

With Max Jensen, I analyze Kavafis’ simile of life as a row of candles and Manrique’s metaphor of life as a river. We show that poetic texts can rely on the timeline to build powerful affective meanings. Familiarity with complex—but conventional—templates for building conceptual blends plays a crucial role in producing and understanding creative time metaphors in poetry. MORE

Aug 25, 2013: Much more than money: Conceptual integration and the materialization of time

How do we conceptualize time as something material that we can count, measure, even buy and sell? How widespread are the cognitive recipes for thinking about time as something tangible? How do they work? How are they exploited by literature, for creating powerful aesthetic and affective meanings? Are the same conceptual templates also used by the Social Sciences that study time concepts and the role of time in human thought?

Time metaphors have long been a central topic in cognitive linguistics. In recent research with Ursina Teuscher, we analyzed patterns of conceptual mappings shared by Michael Ende’s children's novel about time, the best-seller Momo. There we found a bank of time, an organized mafia of men in gray that exploits people's fears to steal their time, the hour-lilies, beautiful flowers that constitute the substance of our lives, and many more. We compared the conceptual templates at work in these literary fantasies with examples of time conceptualization from psychology, sociology, economics, conventional language, and real social practices. We studied three major mappings in the materialization of time: time as money in relation with time banking, time units as objects produced by an internal clock, and time supply. MORE

Aug 3, 2013: Cognitive patterns in Greek poetic metaphors of emotion: A diachronic approach

Poetic imagery systematically integrates archetypical emotion scenes with schematic narratives grounded on spatial cognition. These conceptual templates underlie a wide variety of poetic metaphors. For example, an erotic emission coming from the body or from a superior force (as in the arrows of love, or a light or scent from the beloved) has been repeatedly used to conceptualize love causation in literature, everyday language, or rituals, from Antiquity to the twentieth century.

To analyze these emotion discourses, we need both a historical and a cognitive perspective. Studies of the language of emotions often incur in Anglocentrism and neglect cultural diachrony in their search for universal patterns. This paper introduces a more complex cognitive model for the study of productive recipes of poetic creativity, and explores the wide diachrony of Greek poetry, with an emphasis on ancient and medieval texts. MORE