Cognitive Space and Linguistic Case: Semantic and Syntactic Categories in English

Cognitive Space and Linguistic Case: Semantic and Syntactic Categories in English

by Izchak M. Schlesinger, I. M. Schlesinger
     
 

ISBN-10: 052143436X

ISBN-13: 9780521434362

Pub. Date: 12/28/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This study sheds new light on the complex relationship between cognitive and linguistic categories. Challenging the view of cases as categories in cognitive space, Schlesinger proposes a new understanding of the concept of case. Drawing on evidence from psycholinguistic research and English language data, he argues that case categories are in fact composed of more

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Overview

This study sheds new light on the complex relationship between cognitive and linguistic categories. Challenging the view of cases as categories in cognitive space, Schlesinger proposes a new understanding of the concept of case. Drawing on evidence from psycholinguistic research and English language data, he argues that case categories are in fact composed of more primitive cognitive notions: features and dimensions. These are registered in the lexical entries of individual verbs, thereby allowing certain metaphorical extensions. This new approach to case permits better descriptions of certain syntactic phenomena than has hitherto been possible, as Schlesinger illustrates through the analysis of the feature compositions of three cases.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521434362
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2004
Series:
Studies in English Language Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; 1. Cognitive space; 2. Agent and subject; 3. The comitative; 4. Non-comitative instruments; 5. Predicates; 6. The attributee; 7. Mental verbs; 8. Objects; 9. Verb classes and agents; 10. Retrospect and prospects; Notes; References; Indexes.

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