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The mind as ground

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Abstract

Working within the cognitive linguistics theoretical framework (Langacker 1987, 1991; Talmy 2000a, 2000b) and based on the Ground-before-Figure (GbF) model developed in Chen (2003), this paper argues that the <i>there</i>-existential construction presents a ground before a figure. As such, the construction is motivated by perceptual considerations (Radden &#38; Panther 2004), resulting in the kind of cognitive efficiency that aids the processing of information for the hearer.

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