Basic Concepts

Basic concepts are concepts that translate relatively easily across formations and levels because they refer to broadly shared aspects of human experience, rooted in embodied interactions with the environment and evolved mental architecture shared by the entire species (see metaculture). Examples include the embodied metaphors and image-schemata discussed in cognitive linguistics (e.g. path, containment, back-front), as well as concepts like events, actions, and representations. Basic concepts help the researcher move from abstract nouns to concrete behaviors, on the one hand, and between the personal and the subpersonal level, on the other.

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