Forceville (2014) Book Review: The Way we Think


Over the last 7 or 8 years, Gilles Fauconnier and Mark Turner's blending theory has attracted considerable attention from cognitive linguists. In sections of two previous books (Turner, 1996; Fauconnier, 1997) and in a number of jointly authored articles (e.g., Fauconnier & Turner 1998, 2000; Turner & Fauconnier, 1995), the authors explained the tenets of their theory using examples from a host of disciplines and sociocultural environments. The International Cognitive Lin- guistics Conferences in Stockholm (1999) and Santa Barbara (2001) featured theme sessions on blending theory, other scholars started to publish in the field, and Cognitive Linguistics devoted a special issue to blending (Coulson&Oakley, 2000). Clearly, the authors deemed the time had come to collect and adapt their material for a state-of-the-art book, and they chose a title raising high expectations.

Citation Forceville, C. (2014). Book Review: The Way we Think. Metaphor and Symbol, 19(1), 83–89. URL

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BibTex entry for this article:

author = {Forceville, Charles},
doi = {10.1207/S15327868MS1901_5},
journal = {Metaphor and Symbol},
number = {1},
pages = {83--89},
title = {{Book Review: The Way we Think}},
url = {},
volume = {19},
year = {2014}

Key ideas


Conceptual Blending Theory