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Cognitive Linguistics: Convergence and Expansion
     

Cognitive Linguistics: Convergence and Expansion

by Mario Brdar (Editor), Stefan Th. Gries (Editor), Milena Zic Fuchs (Editor)
 

Cognitive Linguistics is not a unified theory of language but rather a set of flexible and mutually compatible theoretical frameworks. Whether these frameworks can or should stabilize into a unified theory is open to debate. One set of contributions to the volume focuses on evidence that strengthens the basic tenets of CL concerning e.g. non-modularity, meaning,

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Cognitive Linguistics is not a unified theory of language but rather a set of flexible and mutually compatible theoretical frameworks. Whether these frameworks can or should stabilize into a unified theory is open to debate. One set of contributions to the volume focuses on evidence that strengthens the basic tenets of CL concerning e.g. non-modularity, meaning, and embodiment. A second set of chapters explores the expansion of the general CL paradigm and the incorporation of theoretical insights from other disciplines and their methodologies – a development that could lead to competing and mutually exclusive theories within the CL paradigm itself. The authors are leading experts in cognitive grammar, cognitive pragmatics, metaphor and metonymy theory, quantitative corpus linguistics, functional linguistics, and cognitive psychology. This volume is therefore of great interest to scholars and students wishing to inform themselves about the current state and possible future developments of Cognitive Linguistics.

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Zhen-qiang Fan
This book is a much-needed and timely addition to the fast-growing multidisciplinary endeavor of the field, representing both state-of-the-art research and cutting-edge studies in cognitive linguistics proper and its expansion into other fields of inquiry.
Réka Benczes
This volume offers a superb collection of fourteen articles on a wide range of interrelated topics within cognitive linguistics. Living fully up to its ambitious title, the book is based upon the keynote talks and papers presented at the “Converging and Diverging Tendencies in Cognitive Linguistics” conference, held in Dubrovnik (Croatia) in 2005, as well as a couple of papers that have been commissioned specifically for the present volume. Therefore, the six years that have elapsed between the conference and the publication of the book was definitively worth the wait, as the editors have managed to compile a volume that provides an excellent snapshot of where cognitive linguistics is right now, but at the same time also offers a glimpse into what the future might hold for cognitive linguistic research. [...] This book is a manifestation of the fact that cognitive linguistics is indeed ready and willing to expand, and can only benefit by the process, as expansion (resting on past convergences) can lead to future convergences. With this timely and widely applicable volume the editors have managed to compile a thought–provoking, yet highly enjoyable book that will serve as reference for plenty of linguists – within and outside of the cognitive linguistic paradigm – for years to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789027223869
Publisher:
John Benjamins Publishing Company
Publication date:
11/10/2011
Series:
Human Cognitive Processing Series , #32
Pages:
370
Product dimensions:
6.46(w) x 9.65(h) x (d)

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