The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics

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The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics presents a comprehensive overview of the main theoretical concepts and descriptive/theoretical models of Cognitive Linguistics, and covers its various subfields, theoretical as well as applied.

The first twenty chapters give readers the opportunity to acquire a thorough knowledge of the fundamental analytic concepts and descriptive models of Cognitive Linguistics and their background. The book starts with a set of chapters discussing different conceptual phenomena that are recognized as key concepts in Cognitive Linguistics: prototypicality, metaphor, metonymy, embodiment, perspectivization, mental spaces, etc. A second set of chapters deals with Cognitive Grammar, Construction Grammar, and Word Grammar, which, each in their own way, bring together the basic concepts into a particular theory of grammar and a specific model for the description of grammatical phenomena. Special attention is given to the interrelation between Cognitive and Construction Grammar. A third set of chapters compares Cognitive Linguistics with other forms of linguistic research (functional linguistics, autonomous linguistics, and the history of linguistics), thus giving a readers a better grip on the position of Cognitive Linguistics within the landscape of linguistics at large.

The remaining chapters apply these basic notions to various more specific linguistic domains, illustrating how Cognitive Linguistics deals with the traditional linguistic subdomains (phonology, morphology, lexicon, syntax, text and discourse), and demonstrating how it handles linguistic variation and change. Finally they consider its importance in the domain of Applied Linguistics, and look at interdisciplinary links with research fields such as philosophy and psychology.

With a well-known cast of contributors from around the world, this reference work will be of interest to researchers and advanced students in (cognitive) linguistics, psychology, cognitive science, and anthropology.

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"The editors have brought together contributions from many of the world's leading cognitive linguists. The overviews that these scholars provide are authoritative, lucid, and highly informative, and, like all good surveys, are not mere summaries but also offer useful syntheses and critiques of the relevant research. [the Handbook] is unique in its depth and breadth of coverage, and is therefore destined to become a standard reference in the field." —Language
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199738632
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/9/2010
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 1368
  • Sales rank: 1,389,409
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 2.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dirk Geeraerts is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Leuven

Hubert Cuyckens is Professor of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Leuven

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Table of Contents

1. Introducing Cognitive Linguistics - Dirk Geeraerts and Hubert Cuyckens

Part 1: Basic Concepts
2. Embodiment and Experientialism - Tim Rohrer
3. Construal and Perspectivization - Arie Verhagen
4. Schematicity - David Tuggy
5. Entrenchment, Salience, and Basic Levels - Hans-Jörg Schmid
6. Polysemy, Prototypes, and Radical Categories - Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk
7. Frames, Idealized Cognitive Models, and Domains - Alan Cienki
8. Metaphor - Joseph E. Grady
9. Image Schemas - Todd Oakley
10 Motonymy - Klaus-Uwe Panther and Linda L. Thornburg
11. Attention Phenomena - Leonard Talmy
12. Force Dynamics - Walter De Mulder
13. Spatial Semantics - Jordan Zlatev
14. Mental Spaces - Gilles Fauconnier
15. Coneptual Integration - Mark Turner
16. Iconicity - Willy Van Langendonck

Part II: Models of Grammar
17. Cognitive Grammar - Ronald W. Langacker
18. Construction Grammar - William Croft
19. Word Grammar - Richard Hudson

Part III: Situating Cognitive Linguistics
20. Cognitive Linguistics and Functional Linguistics - Jan Nuyts
21. Cognitive Linguistics and Autonomous Linguistics - John R. Taylor
22. Cognitive Linguistics and the History of Linguistics - Brigitte Nerlich and David D. Clarke

Part IV: Linguistic Structure and Language Use
23. Phonology - Geoff Nathan
24. Inflectional Morphology - Laura Janda
25. Word-Formation - Friedrich Ungerer
26. Nomial Classification - Gunter Senft
27. Idioms and Formulaic Language - Raymond W. Gibbs, Jr.
28. Relational Constructions in Cognitive Linguistics - Soteria Svorou
29. Clause Structure and Transitivity - José M. García-Miguel (
20. Complementization - Michel Achard
31. Tense and Aspect - Ronny Boogaart and Theo Janssen
32. Grammatical Voice in Cognitive Grammar - Ricardo Maldonado
33. Modality in Cognitive Linguistics - Tanja Mortelmans
34. Pronominal Anaphora - Karen van Hoek
35. Discourse and Text Structure - Ted Sanders and Wilbert Spooren

Part V: Linguistic Variation and Change
36. Diachronic Linguistics - Joan Bybee
37. Lexical Variation and Change - Stefan Grondelaers, Dirk Speelman, and Dirk Geeraerts
38. Cognitive Linguistics and Linguistic Relativity - Eric Pederson
39. Cognitive Linguistics and Anthropological Linguistics - Gary B. Palmer
40. Cognitive Linguistics and Linguistic Typology - Johan van der Auwera and Jan Nuyts
41. Cognitive Linguistics and First Language Acquisition - Michael Tomasello
42. Signed Languages - Sherman Wilcox

Part VI: Applied and Interdisciplinary Perspectives
43. Cognitive Linguistics and Applied Linguistics - Martin Pütz (
44. Lexicography - Dirk Geeraerts
45. Cognitive Linguistic Approaches to Literary Studies: State of the Art in Cognitive Poetics - Margaret H. Freeman
46. Cognitive Linguistics and Cultural Studies - René Dirven, Hans-Georg Wolf, and Frank Polzenhagen
47. Cognitive Linguistics, Ideology, and Critical Discourse Analysis - René Dirven, Frank Polzenhagen, and Hans-Georg Wolf
48. Cognitive Linguistics and Philosophy - Peter Harder
49. Cognitive Linguistics, Psychology, and Cognitive Science - Chris Sinha

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