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Mark Turner
Nationality American
Fields cognitive science, linguistics, decision-making, reasoning, communication, media, marketing
Institutions Case Western Reserve University
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley
Notable awards Prix du Rayonnement de la langue et de la littérature françaises (Académie française) (1996)

Mark Turner (born 1954) is a cognitive scientist, linguist, and author. He is Institute Professor and Professor of Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University.[1] Previously, he served as Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland and Associate Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. Turner has been a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the National Humanities Center, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Advanced Study at Durham University, and the Centre for Advanced Study at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. He is the founding director of the Cognitive Science Network.[2] He is a member of the New England Institute for Cognitive Science and Evolutionary Psychology, the Institute for the Science of Origins, the Humanwissenschaftliches Zentrum der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, and External Research Professor of the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study.

The French Academy awarded him the Prix du Rayonnement de la langue et de la littérature françaises in 1996.

Turner and Gilles Fauconnier founded the theory of conceptual blending.[3]

His wife is the award-winning children's author Megan Whalen Turner. They have three sons.


  • The Artful Mind: Cognitive Science and the Riddle of Human Creativity (Oxford University Press, 2006)
  • The Way We Think: Conceptual Blending and the Mind's Hidden Complexities (with Gilles Fauconnier, Basic Books, 2002)
  • Cognitive Dimensions of Social Science: The Way We Think About Politics, Economics, Law, and Society (Oxford University Press, 2001)
  • The Literary Mind: The Origins of Thought and Language (Oxford University Press, 1997)
  • Clear and Simple as the Truth: Writing Classic Prose Second Edition (with Francis-Noël Thomas, Princeton University Press, 2011) ISBN 978-0-691-14743-7.
  • Reading Minds: The Study of English in the Age of Cognitive Science (Princeton University Press, 1991)
  • More Than Cool Reason: A Field Guide to Poetic Metaphor (with George Lakoff, University of Chicago Press, 1989)
  • Death is the Mother of Beauty: Mind, Metaphor, Criticism (University of Chicago Press, 1987)

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  1. Biography page at Case Western
  2. Cognitive Science Network
  3. Turner, Mark, and Fauconnier, Gilles, Metaphor, Metonym, and Binding, in Metaphor and Metonymy in Comparison and Contrast, ed by Rene Dirven and Ralf Porings, Mouton de Gruyter, 2003, page 469

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