Style as a Choice of Blending Principles

Joseph A. Goguen and D. Fox Harrell

This paper proposes a new approach to style, arising from our work on computational media using *structural blending*, which enriches the conceptual blending of cognitive linguistics with structure building operations in order to encompass syntax and narrative as well as metaphor. We have implemented both conceptual and structural blending, and conducted initial experiments with poetry, although the approach generalizes to other media. The central idea is to analyze style in terms of principles for blending, based on our finding that very different principles from those of common sense blending are needed for some creative works.

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