Mike thought the time was Greenwich Time. Anyway, it doesn’t interfere with communication. I think this forum approach is going to work well for us. I am regularly getting notifications in my email
I finally got a response via email to a comment I made in this Forum, in this case it was Mike’s comment right after mine. What’s strange are the times assigned to the comments. What’s strange are dates (sometimes) and times tied to the comments.
I am wondering why I am not getting email notifications when someone responds to me. Maybe I am forgetting to click the box to notify me via email.
Damn the spelling correction Wertsch becomes Wretch! My apologies to Jim. I would also add that both Shannon and Jim challenge the collective habits of the imagination, Shannon in international relations, Jim more broadly.
I want to add that my reply is as much motivated by Beth’s comment on children’s love and use of metaphor. Metaphor is pervasive at all ages. Broadly speaking it is what Cognitive Linguistics calls a “blending” process, whereby concepts in one domain are projected on to concepts in another. That we do this all the time with such ease and effectiveness in our language use is amazing, given the complexity of conceptualization involved. I would ask Beth if she has found any research on the ontogeny of metaphor.
Francine, In response to your question about the richness of some metaphors more than others, you point to minding the gap’s connection between motor, sensory and cognitive activity. This is a perfect example of a fundamental commitment of Cognitive Linguistics to the embodiment of language and the mind. The saccades of visual processing are a zig zag between motor and sensory processing that evokes the interplay between imagination and the world in dialog. This also points to the “porosity” of the semantic space in language, that is that meaning potential of language is connected to non-linguistic aspects of cognitive processing, in this case motor imagery.
In considering the purposes of Coffee Hours and Seminars, I thought that Jim Wretch’s Coffee Hour on “Habits of Collective Memory” resonated amazingly with Shannon Brincat’s first presentation in the Seminar series on Imagination and Creativity in the Works of Vygotsky.