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Volume 26, Issue 1


Is conceptual blending the key to the mystery of human evolution and cognition?

Vladimir Glebkin
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  • The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration; Gymnasium 1514, Moscow
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Published Online: 2014-12-19 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/cog-2014-0067


This study addresses conceptual blending theory, as originated by Fauconnier and Turner, focusing on their view of the development of double-scope blending as the cause for the origin of language and forms of culture. The author raises certain criticisms of the theory's underpinnings and methodology. In particular, he points to a lack of cultural-historical analysis and a gap between some of the predictions of conceptual blending theory and the data of real-time experiments. It is shown that a view of blending as an important tool to adapt knowledge to the experience of people is more correct than its interpretation as a basic instrument for the creation of new knowledge.

Keywords: conceptual blending; criticism; cultural-historical approach; origin of language

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Received: 2013-12-18

Revised: 2014-05-12

Accepted: 2014-08-21

Published Online: 2014-12-19

Published in Print: 2015-02-01

Citation Information: Cognitive Linguistics, Volume 26, Issue 1, Pages 95–111, ISSN (Online) 1613-3641, ISSN (Print) 0936-5907, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/cog-2014-0067.

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