Cognitive English Grammar

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John Benjamins Publishing, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 374 pages
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"Cognitive English Grammar" is designed to be used as a textbook in courses of English and general linguistics. It introduces the reader to cognitive linguistic theory and shows that Cognitive Grammar helps us to gain a better understanding of the grammar of English. The notions of motivation and meaningfulness are central to the approach adopted in the book. In four major parts comprising 12 chapters, "Cognitive English Grammar "integrates recent cognitive approaches into one coherent model, allowing the analysis of the most central constructions of English. Part I presents the cognitive framework: conceptual and linguistic categories, their combination in situations, the cognitive operations applied to them, and the organisation of conceptual structures into linguistic constructions. Part II deals with the category of things and their linguistic structuring as nouns and noun phrases. It shows how things are grounded in reality by means of reference, quantified by set and scalar quantifiers, and qualified by modifiers. Part III describes situations as temporal units of various layers: internally, as types of situations; and externally, as located relative to the time of speech and grounded in reality or potentiality. Part IV looks at situations as relational units and their structuring as sentences. Its two chapters are devoted to event schemas and space and metaphorical extensions of space."Cognitive English Grammar" offers a wealth of linguistic data and explanations. The didactic quality is guaranteed by the frequent use of definitions and examples, a glossary of the terms used, overviews and chapter summaries, suggestions for further reading, and study questions. For the Key to Study Questions click here.
 

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Contents

Cognitive operations in thought and language
21
Cognitive Grammar
41
Things Nouns and noun phrases
61
Reference
87
Quantifiers
115
Modifiers
141
Situations as temporal units Aspect tense and modality
171
Tense
213
Modality
233
Situations as relational units Sentence structure
267
Complements and adjuncts
329
Index
361
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Roslyn M. Frank, University of Iowa, USA; Rene Dirven, University of Duisburg, Germany; Tom Ziemke, University of Skovde, Sweden; Enrique Bernardez, Universidad Complutense Madrid, Spain.

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