A cognitive-semantic study of the spatial preposition Fī in the Quran

Sardaraz, Khan and Roslan, bin Ali (2017) A cognitive-semantic study of the spatial preposition Fī in the Quran. Kemanusiaan, 24 (2). pp. 89-122. ISSN 1394-9330

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Abstract

The existing literature has examined the preposition fī in the Quran from lexical syntactic perspective in strict spatio-geometric sense, but its abundant use with abstract concepts, emotions and states needs an elaborate approach to investigate its complex semantic functions. Therefore, this paper has taken a corpus based approach to investigate the functional semantic complexity of the preposition fī in the Quran from a cognitive perspective. The conceptual metaphor perspective holds that the sensorimotor neural structures define the use of spatial preposition in both spatio-geometric positions and abstract states. The linguistic data reveals that the container image schema is at work both in the literal and metaphoric use of spatial preposition fī. However, the preposition fī carries its own distinct semantic argument in each context and sometimes overrides the symmetry of container image schema. This paper recommends a broader perspective for a comprehensive analysis of spatial preposition fī and suggests further studies on its functional semantic complexity in the Quran. © Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia, 2017.

Item Type: E-Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Metaphor, conceptual metaphor, sensorimotor neural structure, experiential gestalt, spatial prepositions, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, , research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Language Studies & Communication Studies
Depositing User: Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2018 07:14
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2018 07:14
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/19713

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