O poincie i dowcipie, czyli rzecz o barokowych i postmodernistycznych inspiracjach lingwistyki kognitywnej
De acuto et arguto or on the baroque and postmodern inspirations of cognitive linguistics
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The main goal of this paper is to present some, both direct and indirect, postmodern inspirations of cognitive linguistics. The emphasis is put on correspondence between baroque inspirations of mainstream postmodern humanities (namely philosophy and theory of literature) and those that can be found in the cognitive paradigm of linguistics. Comparative analysis touches upon the issues of emerging meaning and conceptual blending with respect to the theory of point proposed by Polish baroque Jesuit Maciej Kazimierz Sarbiewski (Mathias Casimirus Sarbievius). As it is depicted a few crucial notions of meaning and process of its’ emerging are parallel in both analyzed narrations. The main similarities are the imagistic character of conceptual structure and presence of explicit models of emerging meaning (which are respectively conceptual blending and geometric angle). Parallels between Sarbiewski’s concept of point and Lakoff’s theory of conceptual metaphor seem to be present at the model’s structure level (the known and unknown in the point versus source/target domain of metaphorical projection) and functional level (the cognitive role of emerged meaning). Some superficial analogies, e.g. the descriptive interchangeability of narrations are also briefly touched upon. Finally the article deals with the problem of explaining analogies between the meaning in baroque and cognitive linguistics. The first answer sets cognitive linguistics in the regressive and pre-scientific trend of postmodernism whereas the second underlines the fact that cognitive paradigm belongs to the main trend of postmodern humanities.
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