The conceptualization of mind : a corpus study of a Buffy the vampire slayer blog

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dc.contributor.advisor Seig, Mary T. en_US Thornbury, Kathy A. en_US 2011-06-03T19:40:04Z 2011-06-03T19:40:04Z 2007 en_US 2007
dc.identifier LD2489.Z9 2007 .T49 en_US
dc.description.abstract The current study is a corpus-driven description of how the word mind patterns in Modem American English, as found in a Buffy the Vampire Slayer blog corpus (Reppen, de, & Suderman, 2005). Nine hundred eighteen tokens of the word mind were analyzed according to lexical category, collocations, and semantics. The analysis shows that mind functions as a verb and a noun, as well as in verbal and nominal compounds. Previous researchers have claimed that in older English the conceptualization of mind included emotional, spiritual, and moral elements as well as intellectual, but the Modem English mind has shed the emotion, spirituality, and morality and is now mostly intellectual (Wierzbicka, 1989, 1992North, 1991; Phillips, 1991). The findings of the current study indicate that the emotional content has not been lost, but it has been restricted to the mind's verbal uses. Previous researchers have also likened mind to a type of processor or object that thinks (Van Peursen, 1966; D' Andrade,1987; Mey & Talbot, 198 8; Gee, 1992). However, the findings here indicate that mind is more often the place where processing occurs or where the results of thinking/processing are displayed. It is less often that which thinks or processes. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of English
dc.format.extent ix, 132 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mind (The English word) en_US
dc.subject.other Buffy, the vampire slayer (Television program) en_US
dc.title The conceptualization of mind : a corpus study of a Buffy the vampire slayer blog en_US
dc.title.alternative Mind en_US
dc.type Research paper (M.A.), 3 hrs. en_US Thesis (M.A.) en_US
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