Mental Spaces in Discourse and Interaction 

Volume 170 Pragmatics and Beyond New Series from John Benjamins Publishing Company

 Edited by 

Todd Oakley  and Anders Hougaard

The cognitive theory of mental spaces and conceptual integration (MSCI) is a twenty-year-old, cross-disciplinary enterprise that presently unfolds in academic circles on many levels of reflection
and research. One important area of inquiry where MSCI can be of immediate use is in the pragmatics of written and spoken discourse and interaction. At the same time, empirical insights from the fields
of interaction and discourse provide a necessary fundament for the development of the cognitive theories of discourse. This collection of seven chapters and three commentaries aims at evaluating and
developing MSCI as a theory of meaning construction in discourse and interaction. MSCI will benefit greatly not only from empirical support but also from clearer refinement of its methodology and
philosophical foundations. This volume presents the latest work on discourse and interaction from a mental spaces perspective, surely to be of interest to a broad range of researchers in discourse analysis.

    “This is a stimulating collection of papers that links Fauconnier and Turner’s insights about the      
    importance of conceptual blending for the organization of human cognition in to the study of discourse. 
    By investigating a diverse range of discourse genres  and activities, these papers demonstrate in most 
    interesting ways how discourse and practical action can be seen as the crucial environments for an 
    important range of  cognitive processes that are central to conceptual integration.”

            Charles Goodwin, Professor of Applied Linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles

    “A fascinating exploration of mental space phenomena as they occur in a wide range of rich real life                   settings. The authors take us on a remarkable intellectual journey, with brilliant analyses along the way,      and far-reaching implications for the understanding of the human mind.”            

            Gilles Fauconnier, Professor of Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego

Contributors:   Line Brandt; Paul Chilton; Alan Cienki; Seana Coulson; Barbara Dancygier; Anders                                     Hougaard; David S. Kaufer; Todd Oakley; Esther Pascual; Gitte Rasmussen-Hougaard; &                                     Robert F. Williams