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What is a cycle schema?



A cycle schema is an image schema which involves repetitious events and event series.


Its structure includes the following:

  • A starting point
  • A progression through successive events without backtracking
  • A return to the initial state

The schema often has superimposed on it a structure that builds toward a climax and then goes through a release or decline.

Examples (English)
  • Days
  • Weeks
  • Years
  • Sleeping and waking
  • Breathing
  • Circulation
  • Emotional buildup and release
  A cycle schema is a kind of

Johnson 1987 119–121

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