The Internet in the mind: the conceptualisation of the category of the Internet in English

Patrycja Karpińska


The aim of the article is to investigate our understanding of the concept of the Internet. In order to do so, an analysis within the paradigm of Cognitive Linguistics is performed. Firstly, the fundamental assumptions, upon which the Cognitive Linguistics are built, are discussed. Secondly, the theory of conceptual metaphor is brought up as it is one of the most significant theories within the said paradigm. Cognitive linguists claim that our understanding of abstract concepts (such as, for example, the Internet) is metaphorical; the complex concepts are understood in terms of simple ones related closely to our bodily and cultural experiences. Therefore, the metaphor governs our cognitive processes and construes our view of the world. Thirdly and lastly, the conceptual metaphors constituting our understanding of the concept of Internet are investigated.



Cognitive Linguistics, conceptualisation, Internet, conceptual metaphor

Full Text:



. Bartmiński, J., & Niebrzegowska-Bartmińska, S. (2009). Tekstologia [Textology]. Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN.

. Bassnett, S. (1991). Translation studies. 2nd edition. London: Routledge.

. Geeraerts, D., & Cuyckens, K. (2007). Introducing Cognitive Linguistics. In: Geeraerts, D.,& Cuyckens, K. (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics. (pp. 3 – 21). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

. Grady, J. E. (2007). Metaphor. In: Geeraerts, D., & Cuyckens, K. (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics. (pp. 188 – 213). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

. Johnson, M. (1987). The Body in the Mind. The Bodily Basis of Meaning, Imagination, and Reason. Chicago/London: The University of Chicago Press.

. Krzeszowski, T. P. (1997). Angels and Devils in Hell. Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Energeia.

. Lakoff, G. (2007). The Contemporary Theory of Metaphor. In: Evans, V., Bergen, B. K., & Zinken J. (Eds.), The Cognitive Linguistics Reader. (pp. 264 – 315) London/Oakville: Equinox.

. Lakoff, G., & Johnson, M. (1980). Metaphors We Live By. Chicago/London: The University of Chicago Press.

. Langacker, R. W. (2008). Cognitive Grammar. A Basic Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press

. Lee, D. (2002). Cognitive Linguistics: An Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

. Tabakowska, E. (2001a). Językoznawstwo kognitywne a poetyka przekładu [Cognitive linguistics and the poetics of translation]. Kraków: Społeczny Instytut Wydawniczy Znak.

. Tabakowska, E. (Ed.). (2001b). Kognitywne podstawy języka i językoznawstwa [Cognitive basis of the language and linguistics]. Kraków: Towarzystwo Autorów i Wydawców Prac Naukowych Universitas.

. AOL Advertisement. Retrieved April 2016 from:

. Website Corpus of Contemporary American English. Retrieved from:

. Website Thesaurus. Retrieved from:


  • There are currently no refbacks.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.