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An Introduction to Cognitive Linguistics / Edition 2
     

An Introduction to Cognitive Linguistics / Edition 2

by Friedrich Ungerer, Hans-Jorg Schmid
 

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ISBN-10: 0582784964

ISBN-13: 9780582784963

Pub. Date: 12/28/2006

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Learning About Language is an exciting and ambitious series of introductions to fundamental topics in language, linguistics and related areas. The books are designed for students of linguistics and those who are studying language as part of a wider course.

Cognitive Linguistics explores the idea that language reflects our experience of the world

Overview

Learning About Language is an exciting and ambitious series of introductions to fundamental topics in language, linguistics and related areas. The books are designed for students of linguistics and those who are studying language as part of a wider course.

Cognitive Linguistics explores the idea that language reflects our experience of the world. It shows that our ability to use language is closely related to other cognitive abilities such as categorization, perception, memory and attention allocation. Concepts and mental images expressed and evoked by linguistic means are linked by conceptual metaphors and metonymies and merged into more comprehensive cognitive and cultural models, frames or scenarios. It is only against this background that human communication makes sense. After 25 years of intensive research, cognitive-linguistic thinking now holds a firm place both in the wider linguistic and the cognitive-science communities.

An Introduction to Cognitive Linguistics carefully explains the central concepts of categorization, of prototype and gestalt perception, of basic level and conceptual hierarchies, of figure and ground, and of metaphor and metonymy, for which an innovative description is provided. It also brings together issues such as iconicity, lexical change, grammaticalization and language teaching that have profited considerably from being put on a cognitive basis.

The second edition of this popular introduction provides a comprehensive and accessible up-to-date overview of Cognitive Linguistics:

  • Clarifies the basic notions supported by new evidence and examples for their application in language learning
  • Discusses major recent developments in the field: the increasing attention paid to metonymies, Construction Grammar, Conceptual Blending and its role in online-processing.
  • Explores links with neighbouring fields like Relevance Theory
  • Uses many diagrams and illustrations to make the theoretical argument more tangible
  • Includes extended exercises
  • Provides substantial updated suggestions for further reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780582784963
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/28/2006
Series:
Learning about Language Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.76(d)

Table of Contents

Publisher's acknowledgements     x
Preface to the second edition     vii
Typographical conventions     ix
Introduction     1
Prototypes and categories     7
Colours, squares, birds and cups: early empirical research into lexical categories     7
The internal structure of categories: prototypes, attributes, family resemblances and gestalt     24
Context-dependence and cultural models     45
Levels of categorization     64
Basic level categories of organisms and concrete objects     64
Superordinate and subordinate categories     76
Conceptual hierarchies     85
Categorization and composite word forms     92
Basic level categories and basic experiences: actions, events, properties, states and locations     101
Conceptual metaphors and metonymies     114
Metaphors and metonymies: from figures of speech to conceptual systems     114
Metaphors, metonymies and the structure of emotion categories     132
Metaphors as a way of thinking: examples from science and politics     144
Thinking in metonymies: potential and limitations     154
Figure and ground     163
Figure and ground, trajector and landmark: early research into prepositions     163
Figure, ground and two metaphors: a cognitive explanation of simple clause patterns     176
Other types of prominence and cognitive processing     191
Frames and constructions     207
Frames and scripts     207
Event-frames and the windowing of attention     218
Language-specific framing and its use in narrative texts     230
Construction Grammar     244
Blending and relevance     257
Metaphor, metonymy and conceptual blending     257
Conceptual blending in linguistic analysis and description     268
Conceptual blending in advertising texts, riddles and jokes     280
Relevance: a cognitive-pragmatic phenomenon     288
Other issues in cognitive linguistics     300
Iconicity     300
Lexical change and prototypicality     312
Cognitive aspects of grammaticalization     321
Effects on foreign language teaching     328
Conclusion     343

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