Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies ›› 2023, Vol. 23 ›› Issue (2): 135-143.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2023.02.013

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An Embodied-Cognitive Blending Interpretation to Possible World Semantics

WANG Tianyi()   

  • Online:2023-04-28 Published:2023-06-01


“Possible World Semantics”, the core of Intensional Semantics, has greatly expanded the philosopher’s vision, thus drawing widespread attentions of academic field, but Kripke has not explained its cognitive origin. From the perspective of Embodied-Cognitive Linguistics, this paper tries to explain the cognitive motivation of Possible World Semantics theoretically by combining Embodied-Cognitive View of Language and Conceptual Blending Theory. Conceptual Blending Theory has been designed to explain the linguistic phenomenon of “1+1> 2”, but this paper tries to use it for interpreting the cognitive mechanism of Possible World Semantics by revising Conceptual Blending Theory from three aspects: the experientism of input spaces, the multiplicity of the input spaces and the times of blending.

Key words: Possible World Semantics, Embodied-Cognitive Linguistics, Conceptual Blending Theory

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