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A Formal Model of Metaphor in Frame Semantics

EasyChair Preprint no. 3273

8 pagesDate: April 27, 2020


A formal model of metaphor is introduced. It models metaphor, first, as an interaction of “frames” according to the frame semantics, and then, as a wave function in Hilbert space. The practical way for a probability distribution and a corresponding wave function to be assigned to a given metaphor in a given language is considered. A series of formal definitions is deduced from this for: “representation”, “reality”, “language”, “ontology”, etc. All are based on Hilbert space. A few statements about a quantum computer are implied: The so-defined reality is inherent and internal to it. It can report a result only “metaphorically”. It will demolish transmitting the result “literally”, i.e. absolutely exactly. A new and different formal definition of metaphor is introduced as a few entangled wave functions corresponding to different “signs” in different language formally defined as above. The change of frames as the change from the one to the other formal definition of metaphor is interpreted as a formal definition of thought. Four areas of cognition are unified as different but isomorphic interpretations of the mathematical model based on Hilbert space. These are: quantum mechanics, frame semantics, formal semantics by means of quantum computer, and the theory of metaphor in linguistics.

Keyphrases: entanglement, Feynman interpretation of quantum mechanics, frame, frame semantics, metaphor

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  author = {Vasil Penchev},
  title = {A Formal Model of Metaphor in Frame Semantics},
  howpublished = {EasyChair Preprint no. 3273},

  year = {EasyChair, 2020}}
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