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Timelines and multimodal constructions: Facing new challenges

Cristóbal Pagán Cánovas / Javier Valenzuela
  • Filología Inglesa, Universidad de Murcia, Campus de la Merced Plaza de la Universidad Murcia, Murcia 30071, Spain
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Published Online: 2017-06-29 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/lingvan-2016-0087


There is little doubt that spatial information underlies a great deal of our processing of temporal information. Research on the ways in which timelines are associated with specific grammatical constructions has just started, and has brought forward new challenges for construction grammar. A true multimodal construction grammar cannot be developed using the same tools and mechanisms applied so far, but will require instead a fresh approach and a careful rethinking of the whole communicative process. It is our belief than in this transition from a narrow conception of linguistic communication to a broader and more complete view of communication “in the wild”, multimodal construction grammar will play an important role.

Keywords: time; blending; gesture; multimodality; mental imagery


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About the article

Received: 2016-10-13

Accepted: 2016-10-19

Published Online: 2017-06-29

Citation Information: Linguistics Vanguard, Volume 3, Issue s1, 20160087, ISSN (Online) 2199-174X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/lingvan-2016-0087.

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