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What is a center-periphery schema?



A center–periphery schema is an image schema involving

  • a physical or metaphorical core and edge, and
  • degrees of distance from the core.
Examples (English)
  • The structure of an apple
  • An individual’s perceptual sphere
  • An individual’s social sphere, with family and friends at the core and others having degrees of peripherality
  A center–periphery schema is a kind of

Johnson 1987 124–125

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