Setting limits on analogy: Why conceptual combination is not structural alignment
Structure-mapping or structural alignment is fast emerging as a unifying principle for a variety of different phenomena; including analogy, metaphor, similarity and conceptual combination. In this paper, we argue that it is inappropriate to extend this idea to conceptual combination, as has been done in dual-process theory (Wisniewski, 1997a, in press). There are theoretical and empirical grounds for taking up this position. We propose an alternative account based on the constraint theory of...