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Full Title: The Cognitive Commitment 25 Years on: Are Linguistic Categories Cognitively Real(istic) (and do They Need to Be)?

Location: Newcastle, United Kingdom
Start Date: 20-Jul-2015 - 25-Jul-2015
Contact: Jane Klavan
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Meeting Description: Proposal for a workshop at the 13th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference (ICLC-13), Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 20-25 July 2015

Dagmar Divjak (The University of Sheffield), Natalia Levshina (F.R.S. - FNRS, Université catholique de Louvain) and Jane Klavan (University of Tartu)

The cognitive commitment 25 years on: are linguistic categories cognitively real(istic) (and do they need to be)?

Cognitive linguists endeavour to provide an account of language data that is consistent with what is generally known about human cognition, an aim often referred to as the “cognitive commitment”. Work in the CL tradition likes to stress that the analyses proposed are “in line with what is known about the mind” and abounds with claims that the proposed analysis would be cognitively realistic, if not cognitively real. But is this really so? And how much of our toolbox needs to be cognitively real for us to be cognitive linguists? In particular, are the linguistic categories that are used to describe and compare languages cognitively real(istic), and to what extent? Which empirical methods are appropriate for modeling the speaker’s knowledge of language?
Linguistic Subfield: Cognitive Science; General Linguistics; Psycholinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics
LL Issue: 25.3314

This is a session of the following meeting:
13th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference

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