Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Force Schema

Definition: 

A force schema is an image schema that involves physical or metaphorical causal interaction. It includes the following elements:

  • A source and target of the force
  • A direction and intensity of the force
  • A path of motion of the source and/or target
  • A sequence of causation
Examples: 

(English)

Physical

  • Wind
  • Gravity

Metaphorical

  • Love-as-a-physical-force
  • Justice-as-balance