Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Dimension: an entity, about which it can be stated, whether a change has taken place or could take place, for example, a displacement of an object along a single axis. In physics, e.g. degrees of freedom.

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Gärdenfors I 33
Dimension/Langacker/Gärdenfors (Langacker 1987, pp. 150-152): Thesis: many domains (abstract and basic ones) are dimensional, but he does not formulate this as a criterion for a domain. He differentiates
(i) dimensional
(ii) meronomic relations (part-whole relations), e.g. finger-hand-arm-body.
ClausnerVsLangacker/CroftVsLangacker: (Clausner and Croft 1999, p. 6): the semantic relation conceptual domain is actually a part-whole relation (i.e., meronomic).
I 34
GärdenforsVsClausner/GärdenforsVsCroft: that is another sense of "dimensional": concepts correspond to regions of dimensional domains. This is not a normal "part-whole relation".

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Langa I
Ronald W. Langacker
Foundations of Cognitive Grammar Stanford, CA 1999

Gä I
P. Gärdenfors
The Geometry of Meaning Cambridge 2014

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