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LINGUIST List 17.1332

Sun Apr 30 2006

Books: Lexicography/Translation: Langlotz

Editor for this issue: Maria Moreno-Rollins <marialinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Paul Peranteau, Idiomatic Creativity: Langlotz

Message 1: Idiomatic Creativity: Langlotz
Date: 18-Apr-2006
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Idiomatic Creativity: Langlotz

Title: Idiomatic Creativity
Subtitle: A cognitive-linguistic model of idiom-representation and idiom-variation in English
Series Title: Human Cognitive Processing 17
Published: 2006
Publisher: John Benjamins

Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=HCP%2017

Author: Andreas Langlotz, University of Basel
Hardback: ISBN: 902722370X Pages: 326 Price: Europe EURO 120.00
Hardback: ISBN: 902722370X Pages: 326 Price: U.S. $ 144.00

This book revisits the theoretical and psycholinguistic controversies
centred around the intriguing nature of idioms and proposes a more
systematic cognitive-linguistic model of their grammatical status and use.
Whenever speakers vary idioms in actual discourse, they open a linguistic
window into idiomatic creativity - the complex cognitive processing and
representation of these heterogeneous linguistic constructions.

Idiomatic creativity therefore raises two challenging questions: What are
the cognitive mechanisms that underlie and shape idiom-representation? How
do these mechanisms define the scope and limits of systematic
idiom-variation in actual discourse? The book approaches these problems by
means of a comprehensive cognitive-linguistic architecture of meaning and
language and analyses them on the basis of corpus-data from the British
National Corpus (BNC). Therefore, Idiomatic Creativity should be of great
interest to cognitive linguists, phraseologists, corpus linguists, advanced
students of linguistics, and all readers who are interested in the
fascinating interplay of language and cognitive processing.

Table of contents

Acknowledgments xi
1. Introduction 1-13
2. Idiom representation and variation: A hard nut to crack 15-55
3. The cognitive architecture of meaning and language 57-92
4. Idiom representation - a cognitive-linguistic model 93-141
5. The conceptual motivation of idioms denoting SUCCESS, PROGRESS and
FAILURE 143-174
6. Idiom variation and variability: a cognitive-linguistic model 175-224
7. The lexicogrammatical variation of idioms denoting SUCCESS, PROGRESS and
FAILURE 225-285
8. Conclusions and outlook 287-297
Notes 299-302
References 303-315
Author Index: 317-318
Subject Index 319-325

"Idioms are mostly conceived of as cliched, lifeless bits of language that
have little to do with real metaphorical thought and linguistic creativity.
Andi Langlotz's book presents a clear, convincing argument for the idea
that idioms are multifaceted with many being wonderfully creative and
reflections of both compositional and metaphorical thought processes. This
book examines the vast literature on idiomaticity in linguistics and
psycholinguistics, and offers a new cognitive linguistic model that
beautifully accounts for the amazing diversity of idiomatic language.
Simply put, this is the best, most theoretically and empirically advanced
work ever done on idioms, yet should also be closely studied by all those
with interests in creativity and figurative language."
Raymond W. Gibbs

"Andreas Langlotz's monograph is going to be the standard book on English
cognitive phraseology. The book analyses the correlations between
compositionality and variability for idioms from the word-field of success,
progress and failure. The author gains fundamental insights into the
working principles of the human mind."
Prof. Dr. Annelies H├Ącki Buhofer, University of Basel

"The book is essential for anyone involved in the study of idioms. Langlotz
convincingly demonstrates that the systematic discursive behavior of idioms
is an epiphenomenon of their internal semantic structure. The book shows
that the systematic lexicogrammatical behavior of idioms is the result of
the speaker's ability to manipulate idiomatic constructions to make them
fulfill their cognitive modelling function."
Dmitrj Dobrovol'skij

Linguistic Field(s): Translation

Written In: English (eng )

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