World Englishes : A Cognitive Sociolinguistic Approach

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The book presents Cognitive Linguistics as a framework for the study of cultural variation in world Englishes and within languages in general by offering a corpus-based analysis of the linguistic realization of the cultural model of community in African English. It also reflects on the role of English in intercultural communication and positions Cognitive Linguistics within a wider hermeneutic tradition.

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Hans-Georg Wolf, Hong Kong University, Hong Kong; Frank Polzenhagen, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany.

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Table of Contents

1 Approaches to world Englishes: Paradigms, positions, and perspectives 1

1.1 Cognitive Linguistics and the study of world Englishes 1

1.2 The world Englishes paradigm 2

1.3 The Cognitive Linguistic paradigm and the study of language variation 28

1.4 Scope, methodology, and the empirical basis of our study 47

2 The cultural model of community in African English: A comparative account 57

2.1 Analytical tools: Conceptual metaphor, cultural models, conceptual networks 57

2.3 Interim summary 158

2.4 The African community model and politics 159

2.5 Summary and implications of the analysis 178

3 Reflections on the study of intercultural communication 183

3.1 Arguments for a hermeneutic approach to the study of intercultural communication 183

3.2 Foci of a hermeneutic approach to intercultural communication and a critique of functionalist positions 188

3.3 Intercultural understanding and the problem of relativism 202

3.4 Concluding remarks 207

4 Conclusion 209

App. 1 Dictionary sample 211

App. 2 Questionnaire 221

References 227

Index 275

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