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The invariance principle: a principle of semantic creativity?

Publication: The Proceedings of the International Conference Globalization, Intercultural Dialogue and National Identity. Section: Language and Discourse, 1, p. 778-790
Editors:Iulian Boldea
Publisher:Arhipelag XXI Press
Abstract:The aim of the present paper is to challenge, from the perspective of Coserian integral linguistics, the concept of Invariance Hypothesis (know also as The Principle of Cognitive Invariance), developed by G. Lakoff and M. Turner (1989) within the framework of Conceptual Metaphor Theory. In its originary theoretical framework, the Invariance Hypothesis has been conceived as a principle of semantic creativity, which applies not only to metaphors in everyday language, but also to the entire domain of human metaphorical and cultural manifestations. The “constraining” and “guiding” functions of metaphorical creativity, assigned to this principle, have been strongly criticized from within the cognitive orientation (see, for example, Stockwell 1999, Santibáñez Sáenz 1999, Jäkel 2002 etc.) as well as from outside cognitive semantics (see, for example, Borcilă 1997a, 1997b, 2001, Faur 2012 etc.). These researches have demonstrated both that this principle is “empirically falsifiable” and it raises difficult problems in order to account for the cognitive and creative character of metaphor. Our paper articulates a constructive critic from the conceptual perspective of the present day developments in the integralist studies and particularly points toward the problems that arise, when assuming the cognitive principle, in explaining the creative and cognitive aspect of metaphorical semantics in everyday language. We will ground therefore our argumentation on the already addressed critic discussions in the field, but make a special use of P. Stockwell (1999) objection against the guiding role of this principle in metaphoric mapping. In conclusion, we will argue for a welcome convergent position of P. Stockwell research and the integralist one, for which semantic creativity emerges in the cognitive medium of the language.
Key words:Conceptual Metaphor Theory, cognitive semantics, integral linguistics, Invariance Hypothesis, semantic creativity
Language: Romanian

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