• Prototypes, linguistic relativity, the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis: How do we acquire our categories? What is the experimental evidence for this categorisation?
  • Frames as cultural constructs: What is a frame? What are frames good for in the understanding of our own culture?
  • Metonymy and conceptual metaphors: What is metonymy? What is a conceptual metaphor? How do they relate to our cognition and culture?
  • Conceptual blending and different types of integration networks: What is blending or conceptual integration?
  • Blends in material culture and cultural practice: How do we make sense of mundane activities that we perform in our culture?




  1. Describe and explain the hidden complexities of how our mind involves in meaning construction
  2. Critically examine the mental process of creativity and reflect on the central role of this process in the way we think and the way we live.
  3. Apply knowledge of imaginative operations to understand new words and cultural concepts
  4. Demonstrate an awareness of the intricate relationship between meaning in mind, language and culture




The course has three timetabled hours per week. The first two hours will involve a mixture of formal lecturing and discussion. The third timetabled hour will be used for tutorials.




Assessment is by 100% coursework, consisting of:

  • Participation in lectures and tutorials with worked exercises and discussions (20%)
  • Midterm essay (30%)
  • Final test (50%)




A list of required and recommended readings will be provided.



Last updated: 8 July 2016