Cognitive Linguistics: Basic Readings

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Dirk Geeraerts
Walter de Gruyter, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 485 pages
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Over the past decade, Cognitive Linguistics has grown to be one of the most broadly appealing and dynamic frameworks for the study of natural language. Essentially, this new school of linguistics focuses on the meaning side of language: linguistic form is analysed as an expression of meaning. And meaning itself is not something that exists in isolation, but it is integrated with the full spectrum of human experience: the fact that we are embodied beings just as much as the fact that we are cultural beings. Cognitive Linguistics: Basic Readings brings together twelve foundational articles, each of which introduces one of the basic concepts of Cognitive linguistics, like conceptual metaphor, image schemas, mental spaces, construction grammar, prototypicality and radial sets. The collection features the founding fathers of Cognitive Linguistics: George Lakoff, Ron Langacker, Len Talmy, Gilles Fauconnier, and Charles Fillmore, together with some of the most influential younger scholars. By its choice of seminal papers and leading authors, Basic Readings is specifically suited for an introductory course in Cognitive Linguistics. This is further supported by a general introduction to the theory and, specifically, the practice of Cognitive Linguistics and by trajectories for further reading that start out from the individual chapters.

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A rough guide to Cognitive Linguistics
Cognitive Grammar Introduction to Concept Image and Symbol
Grammatical construal The relation of grammar to cognition
Radial network Cognitive topology and lexical networks
Prototype theory Prospects and problems of prototype theory
Schematic network Ambiguity polysemy and vagueness
Conceptual metaphor The contemporary theory of metaphor
Image schema The cognitive psychological reality of image schemas and their transformations
Metonymy The role of domains in the interpretation of metaphors and metonymies
Mental spaces Conceptual integration networks
Frame semantics Frame semantics
Construction Grammar The inherent semantics of argument structure The case of the English ditransitive construction
Usagebased linguistics First steps toward a usagebased theory of language acquisition
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