Note: This is the paperback edition of a previously announced book.
Using a cognitive linguistics perspective, this book provides a
comprehensive, theoretical analysis of the semantics of English
prepositions. All English prepositions originally coded spatial relations
between two physical entities; while retaining their original meaning,
prepositions have also developed a rich set of non-spatial meanings. In
this study, Tyler and Evans argue that all these meanings are
systematically grounded in the nature of human spatio-physical experience.
The original 'spatial scenes' provide the foundation for the extension
of meaning from the spatial to the more abstract. This analysis articulates
an alternative methodology that distinguishes between a conventional
meaning and an interpretation produced for understanding the preposition in
context, as well as establishing which of several competing senses should
be taken as the primary sense. Together, the methodology and framework are
sufficiently articulated to generate testable predictions and allow the
analysis to be applied to additional prepositions.