Image schemas are primitive concepts that are studied in diverse fields such as linguistics, psychology, cognitive linguistics, neuroscience.

The influences of image schemas is not only seen in cognitive linguistics and developmental psychology, but also in interface design and more recently, the theory has become of increased interest in artificial intelligence and cognitive robotics.

It seems to me though that certain concepts assumes the existence of others and therefore that there should be a hierarchical structure to experience. For example one might recognize a schema A:(origen, first principal, here, ground, start) and a schema B:(movement, distance, difference, distinction, separation) and C:(direction, location, quantification, qualification, separateness)

Consider that (C) can only exist once there is the existence of (B) allowing (C) to reference something distinct from (A). And (B) can only exist if there is a place to start from (A). We have thus created a hierarchy with at least three levels.

Question: Has anyone created such a hierarchical table of schemas?

See also semantic primes

  • Which one of (A), (B), and (C) is at the top of the hierarchy?
    – user52804
    Jun 17, 2021 at 14:44
  • From the top A,B,C.
    – christo183
    Jun 17, 2021 at 14:45
  • To stay only in the schemes you propose, Doesn't location stand at the top, and here and origin below it? Wrt to generality that is.
    – user52804
    Jun 17, 2021 at 14:50
  • @Methadont Location is a point within a framework, it has properties like direction and coordinates. The (A) )pre-exist the framework, it is the start of building framework/structure. You can think of it as the zero point on a coordinate system it has no dimension.
    – christo183
    Jun 18, 2021 at 6:38
  • Here and origin are both locations. But a location can be given to all points. Location is general, here and origin are particular.
    – user52804
    Jun 18, 2021 at 6:49


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