A cognitive and quantitative approach to mathematical concretization

Alexander, M. (2020) A cognitive and quantitative approach to mathematical concretization. In: Tubbs, R., Jenkins, A. and Engelhardt, N. (eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of Literature and Mathematics. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham, pp. 589-608. ISBN 9783030554774 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-55478-1_32)

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This chapter analyses the linguistic role of analogy as a strategy of concretizing abstract concepts addressed in popular science focused on mathematics. A rich analogy used in a text popularising number theory is explored through firstly a quantitative method and then using conceptual blending, a theory taken from cognitive linguistics. The chapter demonstrates the use of corpus-based and cognitive approaches to language in the analysis of the ways in which popular science texts aim to give non-experts a sense of understanding of complex mathematical concepts.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Alexander, Professor Marc
Authors: Alexander, M.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PE English
Q Science > QA Mathematics
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Language and Linguistics
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
Published Online:31 December 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Author
First Published:First published in The Palgrave Handbook of Literature and Mathematics: 589-608
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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