Cognitive Grammar: A Basic Introduction

Cognitive Grammar: A Basic Introduction

by Ronald W. Langacker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195331958

ISBN-13: 9780195331950

Pub. Date: 02/04/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press

This book fills a longstanding need for a basic introduction to Cognitive Grammar that is current, authoritative, comprehensive, and approachable. It presents a synthesis that draws together and refines the descriptive and theoretical notions developed in this framework over the course of three decades. In a unified manner, it accommodates both the conceptual and

Overview

This book fills a longstanding need for a basic introduction to Cognitive Grammar that is current, authoritative, comprehensive, and approachable. It presents a synthesis that draws together and refines the descriptive and theoretical notions developed in this framework over the course of three decades. In a unified manner, it accommodates both the conceptual and the social-interactive basis of linguistic structure, as well as the need for both functional explanation and explicit structural description. Starting with the fundamentals, essential aspects of the theory are systematically laid out with concrete illustrations and careful discussion of their rationale. Among the topics surveyed are conceptual semantics, grammatical classes, grammatical constructions, the lexicon-grammar continuum characterized as assemblies of symbolic structures (form-meaning pairings), and the usage-based account of productivity, restrictions, and well-formedness. The theory's central claim - that grammar is inherently meaningful - is thereby shown to be viable. The framework is further elucidated through application to nominal structure, clause structure, and complex sentences. These are examined in broad perspective, with exemplification from English and numerous other languages. In line with the theory's general principles, they are discussed not only in terms of their structural characterization, but also their conceptual value and functional motivation. Other matters explored include discourse, the temporal dimension of language structure, and what grammar reveals about cognitive processes and the construction of our mental world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195331950
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
02/04/2008
Pages:
584
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Part I PRELIMINARIES
1. Orientation
2. Conceptual Semantics
3. Construal
Part II FUNDAMENTALS
4. Grammatical Classes
5. Major Subclasses
6. Constructions: General Characterization
7. Constructions: Descriptive Factors
8. Rules and Restrictions
Part III STRUCTURES
9. Grounding
10. Nominal Structure
11. Clause Structure
12. Complex Sentences
Part IV FRONTIERS
13. Discourse
14. Engaging the World
References

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