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What is an image schema?

 

Definition
 

An image schema is a mental pattern that

 
  • recurrently provides structured understanding of various experiences, and
  • is available for use in metaphor as a source domain to provide an understanding of yet other experiences.
Examples (English)
 
  • A compulsion schema is used to provide an understanding of experiences, such as

    • a jet airplane
    • geological forces moving continental plates, and
    • metaphorically, the experience of peer pressure.
    Source:

    Johnson 1987 2

  • Kinds
      Here are some kinds of image schemas:
     
    Generic
      An image schema is a kind of
     
    Source
     

    Johnson 1987 2–4


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