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Selected Books by Edmund Blair Bolles

  • Galileo's Commandment: 2500 Years of Great Science Writing
  • The Ice Finders: How a Poet, a Professor, and a Politician Discovered the Ice Age
  • Einstein Defiant: Genius vs Genius in the Quantum Revolution

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John Roth

I've always understood locative prepositions have either a space or a time meaning, so I would treat "the game is over" as locative. It shifts orientation from the game to the game's location in time with respect to the speaker.

Otherwise a very interesting take on it; I especially like your hypothesis that space is what exists between foreground percepts.


I wont be exaggerating if I say that attention is important in understanding and explaining all our linguistic choices. For example, in English we say 'clear the table' and the attention here is focused on the table. However, in other languages in order to express the same idea, you should focus on the items on the table and not the table. So, this gives evidence that space and attention are two interlinked factors that are indispensable in the creation of meaning.

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