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

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This study sheds new light on the complex relationship between cognitive and linguistic categories. Challenging the view of cases as categories in cognitive space, Professor 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 ...
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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, Professor 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. The features of a noun phrase may also be determined by its syntactic function. This new approach to case permits better descriptions of certain syntactic phenomena than has hitherto been possible, as Schlesinger illustrates through his analysis of the feature compositions of three cases.
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"Schlesinger's point is well argued, well supported, and well taken. Cognitive Space and Linguistic Case advances the field toward explicating an area that has been particularly problematic." Michael Spivey-Knowlton, Contemporary Psychology

"...sheds new light on the complex relationship between cognition and linguistic categories....This new approach to case permits better descriptions of certain syntactic phenomena than has hitherto been possible." International Journal of Psychology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521027366
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/31/2006
  • Series: Studies in English Language Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
1 Cognitive space 4
2 Agent and subject 28
3 The Comitative 60
4 Non-comitative instruments 92
5 Predicates 111
6 The Attributee 122
7 Mental verbs 139
8 Objects 163
9 Verb classes and Agents 180
10 Retrospect and prospects 210
Notes 215
References 227
Subject index 233
Author index 238
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