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What is a force schema?

 

Definition
 

A force schema is an image schema that involves physical or metaphorical causal interaction. It includes the following elements:

 
  • A source and target of the force
  • A direction and intensity of the force
  • A path of motion of the source and/or target
  • A sequence of causation
Examples (English)
  Physical
  • Wind
  • Gravity
  Metaphorical
Kinds
  Here are some kinds of force schemata:
 
Generic
  A force schema is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Johnson 1987 42–44, 90

 

Lakoff, G. and Johnson 1980 49

 

Kovecses 1986 90


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