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LINGUIST List 19.333

Tue Jan 29 2008

Books: Cognitive Science, General Linguistics: Langacker

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        1.    Elyse Turr, Cognitive Grammar: Langacker

Message 1: Cognitive Grammar: Langacker
Date: 28-Jan-2008
From: Elyse Turr <elyse.turroup.com>
Subject: Cognitive Grammar: Langacker
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Title: Cognitive Grammar
Subtitle: A Basic Introduction
Published: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Author: Ronald W. Langacker
Hardback: ISBN: 9780195331950 Pages: 608 Price: U.S. $ 99.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9780195331967 Pages: 608 Price: U.S. $ 39.95

This book fills a long standing need for a basic introduction to Cognitive
Grammar that is current, authoritative, comprehensive, and approachable. It
presents a synthesis that draws together and refines the descriptive and
theoretical notions developed in this framework over the course of three
decades. In a unified manner, it accommodates both the conceptual and the
social-interactive basis of linguistic structure, as well as the need for
both functional explanation and explicit structural description. Starting
with the fundamentals, essential aspects of the theory are systematically
laid out with concrete illustrations and careful discussion of their
rationale. Among the topics surveyed are conceptual semantics, grammatical
classes, grammatical constructions, the lexicon-grammar continuum
characterized as assemblies of symbolic structures (form-meaning pairings),
and the usage-based account of productivity, restrictions, and
well-formedness. The theory's central claim - that grammar is inherently
meaningful - is thereby shown to be viable. The framework is further
elucidated through application to nominal structure, clause structure, and
complex sentences.

These are examined in broad perspective, with exemplification from English
and numerous other languages. In line with the theory's general principles,
they are discussed not only in terms of their structural characterization,
but also their conceptual value and functional motivation. Other matters
explored include discourse, the temporal dimension of language structure,
and what grammar reveals about cognitive processes and the construction of
our mental world.

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                            General Linguistics

Written In: English (eng )

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