Bisociation and Conceptual Blending Theory

New Yorker magazine cartoon editor, Bob Mankoff, talks about the anatomy of the New Yorker cartoon and what makes them funny. He cites Arthur Koestler’s idea of bisociation as explained in his Act of Creation as a major influence to his thinking in making choices for which cartoons get accepted into the magazine. Koestler’s book…More

Loanwords and the growth and change of a language

We have truly come to understand that language is usage in the last thirty years. So when someone says that they disapprove of loanwords coming into their language they are really not understanding this point. They are coming from the Old School which thinks grammar (and vocabulary) is perscriptive, not descriptive. English is itself a…More

metaphors we live by

“There’s just too much friction between us.” “It’s not my fault.” RELATIONSHIPS ARE GEOLOGICAL FEATURES.More

English is Rough

“We don’t just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary.” James NicollMore

the embodied

when exactly does one come to understand the embodied mind? concepts wholly dependent, spaces blend in ways possible through the very thing reality is not – that is, the word put simply, your metaphors no longer fool anyoneMore