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Title: Cognitive Exploration of Language and Linguistics
Subtitle: Second revised edition
Edited By: MarjolijnH.Verspoor
Series Title: Cognitive Linguistics in Practice 1

Cognitive Exploration of Language and Linguistics is designed as a comprehensive introductory text for first and second-year university students of language and linguistics. It provides a chapter on each of the more established areas in linguistics such as lexicology, morphology, syntax, phonetics and phonology, historical linguistics, and language typology and on some of the newer areas such as cross-cultural semantics, pragmatics, text linguistics and contrastive linguistics.

In each of these areas language is explored as part of a cognitive system comprising perception, emotion, categorisation, abstraction processes, and reasoning. All these cognitive abilities may interact with language and be influenced by language. Thus the study of language in a sense becomes the study of the way we express and exchange ideas and thoughts.

This Second Revised Edition is corrected, updated and expanded.

Cognitive Exploration of Language and Linguistics is clearly presented and organized after having been tested in several courses in various countries.

Includes exercises (solutions to be found on the Internet).

Table of contents

Preface ix–xii
1. The cognitive basis of language: Language and thought 1–23
2. What’s in a word? Lexicology 25–48
3. Meaningful building blocks: Morphology 49–74
4. Putting concepts together: Syntax 75–100
5. The sounds of language: Phonetics and Phonology 101–126
6. Language, culture and meaning: Cross-cultural semantics 127–148
7. Doing things with words: Pragmatics 149–177
8. Structuring texts: Text linguistics 179–201
9. Language across time: Historical linguistics 203–230
10. Comparing languages: Language: classification, typology, and contrastive linguistics 231–258
References 259–268
Subject index 269–277

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Cognitive Science
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