Self Aware Events : Finding and Losing Oneself ; A Cognitive Linguistic AnalysisSelf Aware Events : Finding and Losing Oneself ; A Cognitive Linguistic Analysis Self Aware Events : Finding and Losing Oneself ; A Cognitive Linguistic Analysis
The following research presents a Cognitive Linguistic analysis of the construal and predication of Self-Awareness by way of the English reflexive construction employing two predicates; find / lose oneself (hereafter SA event). The first analysis is from Cognitive Grammar (CG). CG-inspired schematics allow construal components of SA events to be depicted economically. The second analysis, from Conceptual Metaphor theory, concludes with a 5-step logic that accurately explains how Self-Awareness comes to have the metaphorical meaning it does. The third analysis discusses the relationships between metaphor and metonymy. Within this discussion, SA events are found to be cases of both metonymy within metaphor as well as target-in-source construal, in that the reflexive pronoun displays a metonymic relationship (specifically a WHOLE FOR PART) to the specific mental function of Self-Awareness. SA event predications as a whole, on the other hand, are expressed metaphorically by way of the cross-domain mapping of conceptual entailments of the verbs find and lose, and construe the conceptual metaphors [FINDING ONESELF IS AWARENESS OF SELF] and [LOSING ONESELF IS LOSS OF AWARENESS]. Various individual components of SA events have been categorized in the literature in different ways, but analysis of SA events as whole, independent phenomena that motivate metaphoric construal is lacking. This discussion provides corpus data as well as theoretical arguments that support the delineation and categorization of the mental state of Self-Awareness as an independent conception that motivates the metaphorical construal of find and lose when occurring within the reflexive construction.