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The Cognitive Linguistics Reader

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Cognitive Linguistics is the most rapidly expanding school in modern Linguistics. It aims to create a scientific approach to the study of language, incorporating the tools of philosophy, neuroscience and computer science. Cognitive approaches to language were initially based on philosophical thinking about the mind, but more recent work emphasizes the importance of convergent evidence from a broad empirical and methodological base.

The Cognitive Linguistics Reader brings together the key writings of the last two decades, both the classic foundational pieces and contemporary work. The essays and articles - selected to represent the full range, scope and diversity of the Cognitive Linguistics enterprise - are grouped by theme into sections with each section separately introduced. The book opens with a broad overview of Cognitive Linguistics designed for the introductory reader and closes with detailed further reading to guide the reader through the proliferating literature.

The Cognitive Linguistics Reader is both an ideal introduction to the full breadth and depth of Cognitive Linguistics and a single work of reference bringing together the most significant work in the field.

Published: Nov 1, 2007

Book Contributors

Section Chapter Authors
Acknowledgements Vyvyan Evans, Benjamin K. Bergen, Jörg Zinken
Original Sources of Papers Vyvyan Evans, Benjamin K. Bergen, Jörg Zinken
List of Contributors Vyvyan Evans, Benjamin K. Bergen, Jörg Zinken
Preface Vyvyan Evans, Benjamin K. Bergen, Jörg Zinken
I Overview
1. The Cognitive Linguistics Enterprise: An Overview Vyvyan Evans, Benjamin K. Bergen, Jörg Zinken
II Empirical Methods in Cognitive Linguistics
Introduction Benjamin K. Bergen
2. Why Cognitive Linguists Should Care More About Empirical Methods Raymond Gibbs
3. Towards an Empirical Lexical Semantics Hubert Cuyckens, Dominiek Sandra, Sally Rice
4. Collostructions: Investigating the Interaction of Words and Constructions Anatol Stefanowitsch, Stefan Gries
5. Conceptual Integration and Metaphor: An Event-related Potential Study Seana Coulson, Cyma Van Petten
III Prototypes, Polysemy and Word-meaning
Introduction Vyvyan Evans
6. Cognitive Models and Prototype Theory George Lakoff
7. Where does Prototypicality Come From? Dirk Geeraerts
8. Reconsidering Prepositional Polysemy Networks: The Case of OVER Andrea Tyler, Vyvyan Evans
9. Frame Semantics Charles Fillmore
IV Metaphor, Metonymy and Blending
Introduction Jörg Zinken
10. The Contemporary Theory of Metaphor George Lakoff
11. A Typology of Motivation for Conceptual Metaphor: Correlation vs. Resemblance Joseph Grady
12. Towards a Theory of Metonymy Gunter Radden, Zoltan Kovecses
13. Conceptual Integration Networks Gilles Fauconnier
14. Blending and Metaphor Joseph Grady, Todd Oakley, Seana Coulson
V Cognitive Approaches to Grammar
Introduction Benjamin K. Bergen
15. An Introduction to Cognitive Grammar Ronald Langacker
16. The Relation of Grammar to Cognition Leonard Talmy
17. Regularity and Idiomaticity: The Case of 'let alone' Charles Fillmore, Paul Kay, Mary O'Connor
18. Constructions: A New Theoretical Approach to Language Adele Goldberg
19. Embodied Construction Grammar in Simulation-based Language Understanding Benjamin K. Bergen, Nancy Chang
20. Logical and Typological Arguments for Radical Construction Grammar William Croft
VI Conceptual Structure in Language
Introduction Vyvyan Evans
21. Force Dynamics in Language and Cognition Leonard Talmy
22. How We Conceptualise Time: Language, Meaning and Temporal Cognition Vyvyan Evans
23. How Language Structures Space Leonard Talmy
VII Language Acquisition, Diversity and Change
Introduction Jörg Zinken
24. A Usage-based Approach to Child Language Acquisition Michael Tomasello
25. Space Under Construction: Language-specific Spatial Categorization in First Language Acquisition Melissa Bowerman, Soonja Choi
Does Language Shape Thought? English and Mandarin Speakers' Conceptions of Time Lera Boroditsky
27. Language and Thought Online: Cognitive Consequences of Linguistic Relativity Dan Slobin
28. Linguistic Selection: An Utterance-based Evolutionary Theory of Language William Croft
End Matter
Annotated Further Reading Vyvyan Evans, Benjamin K. Bergen, Jörg Zinken

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