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What is a path schema?



A path schema is an image schema that

  • involves physical or metaphorical movement from place to place, and
  • consists of a starting point, a goal, and a series of intermediate points.
Examples (English)
  • Paths
  • Trajectories
  • The purpose-as-physical-goal metaphor, as expressed in the following sentences:

    • Tom has gone a long way toward changing his personality.
    • You have reached the midpoint of your flight training.
    • She's just starting out to make her fortune.
    • Jane was sidetracked in her search for self-understanding.


Johnson 1987 115

  A path schema is a kind of

Johnson 1987 113–117

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