Cognitive Linguistics: Basic Readings

Dirk Geeraerts
Walter de Gruyter, 2006 - 485 Seiten

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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Chapter 1 Cognitive Grammar Introduction to Concept Image and Symbol Ronald W Langacker
Chapter 2 Grammatical construal The relation of grammar to cognition1 Leonard Talmy
Chapter 3 Radial network Cognitive topology and lexical networks Claudia Brugman and George Lakoff
Chapter 4 Prototype theory Prospects and problems of prototype theory Dirk Geeraerts
Chapter 5 Schematic network Ambiguity polysemy and vagueness David Tuggy
Chapter 6 Conceptual metaphor The contemporary theory of metaphor George Lakoff
Chapter 7 Image schema The cognitive psychological reality of image schemas and their transformations Raymond W Gibbs Jr and Herbert L Colston
Chapter 8 Metonymy The role of domains in the interpretation of metaphors and metonymies William Croft
Chapter 9 Mental spaces Conceptual integration networks Gilles Fauconnier and Mark Turner
Chapter 10 Frame semantics Frame semantics Charles J Fillmore
The case of the English ditransitive construction1 Adele E Goldberg
Chapter 12 Usagebased linguistics First steps toward a usagebased theory of language acquisition Michael Tomasello
Epilogue Trajectories for further reading Dirk Geeraerts

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Dirk Geeraerts, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.

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