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Title: Analogy as Structure and Process
Subtitle: Approaches in linguistics, cognitive psychology and philosophy of science
Written By: Esa Itkonen
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=HCP%2014
Series Title: Human Cognitive Processing 14
Description:

The concept of analogy is of central concern to modern cognitive
scientists, whereas it has been largely neglected in linguistics in the
past four decades. The goal of this thought-provoking book is (1) to
introduce a cognitively and linguistically viable notion of analogy; and
(2) to re-establish and build on traditional linguistic analogy-based
research. As a starting point, a general definition of analogy is offered
that makes the distinction between analogy-as-structure and
analogy-as-process.

Chapter 2 deals with analogy as used in traditional linguistics. It
demonstrates how phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and diachronic
linguistics make use of analogy and discusses linguistic domains in which
analogy does or did not work. The appendix gives a description of a
computer program, which performs such instances of analogy-based syntactic
analysis as have long been claimed impossible.

Chapter 3 supports the ultimate (non-modular) 'unity of the mind' and
discusses the existence of pervasive analogies between language and such
cognitive domains as vision, music, and logic.

The final chapter presents evidence for the view that the cosmology of
every culture is based on analogy.

At a more abstract level, the role of analogy in scientific change is
scrutinized, resulting in a meta-analogy between myth and science.


Table of contents

Preface ix
Introduction xi–xiii
1. The concept of analogy 1–66
2. Analogy inside linguistics 67–127
3. Analogy and/or overlap between language and other cognitive domains
129–163
4. Analogy (mainly) outside linguistics 165–197
5. Concluding remarks 199–202
Appendix 203–220
Notes 221–227
References 229–241
Name index 243–245
Subject index 247–249

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Cognitive Science
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027223661
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: xiv, 249
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