Gilles Fauconnier

LSA 119: Mental spaces and conceptual blending

Gilles Fauconnier is Research Professor and Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Cognitive Science at the University of California San Diego. Fauconnier is one of the founders of cognitive linguistics through his work on pragmatic scales and mental spaces and the author of a number of books on linguistics and cognitive science, including Mental Spaces, Mappings in Thought and Language, and The Way We Think (with Mark Turner). A former Guggenheim Fellow, Fulbright scholar, and Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study at Stanford, Fauconnier was a professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris and the University of Paris VIII; he was a visiting professor at universities in Europe, Japan, North and South America, China, and Africa. His recent research explores conceptual integration, compression of conceptual mappings, and emergent structure in language and beyond.

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