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Title: Cognitive Linguistics: Basic Readings
Edited By: Dirk Geeraerts
URL: http://www.degruyter.de/rs/bookSingle.cfm?isbn=978-3-11-019085-4&fg=SK&L=E
Series Title: Mouton Reader

Over the past decade, Cognitive Linguistics has grown to be one of the most
broadly appealing and dynamic frameworks for the study of natural language.
Essentially, this new school of linguistics focuses on the meaning side of
language: linguistic form is analysed as an expression of meaning. And
meaning itself is not something that exists in isolation, but it is
integrated with the full spectrum of human experience: the fact that we are
embodied beings just as much as the fact that we are cultural beings.

Cognitive Linguistics: Basic Readings brings together twelve foundational
articles, each of which introduces one of the basic concepts of Cognitive
Linguistics, such as conceptual metaphor, image schemas, mental spaces,
construction grammar, prototypicality and radial sets. The collection
features the founding fathers of Cognitive Linguistics: George Lakoff, Ron
Langacker, Len Talmy, Gilles Fauconnier, and Charles Fillmore, together
with some of the most influential younger scholars. By its choice of
seminal papers and leading authors, this book is specifically suited for an
introductory course in Cognitive Linguistics. This is further supported by
a general introduction to the theory and, specifically, the practice of
Cognitive Linguistics and by trajectories for further reading that start
out from the individual chapters.


Introduction: A rough guide to Cognitive Linguistics
Dirk Geeraerts

Chapter 1: Cognitive Grammar
Introduction to Concept, Image, and Symbol
Ronald W. Langacker

Chapter 2: Grammatical construal
The relation of grammar to cognition
Leonard Talmy

Chapter 3: Radial network
Cognitive topology and lexical networks
Claudia Brugman and George Lakoff

Chapter 4: Prototype theory
Prospects and problems of prototype theory
Dirk Geeraerts

Chapter 5: Schematic network
Ambiguity, polysemy, and vagueness
David Tuggy

Chapter 6: Conceptual metaphor
The contemporary theory of metaphor
George Lakoff

Chapter 7: Image schema
The cognitive psychological reality of image schemas and their transformations
Raymond W. Gibbs, Jr. and Herbert L. Colston

Chapter 8: Metonymy
The role of domains in the interpretation of metaphors and metonymies
William Croft

Chapter 9: Mental spaces
Conceptual integration networks
Gilles Fauconnier and Mark Turner

Chapter 10: Frame semantics
Frame semantics
Charles J. Fillmore

Chapter 11: Construction Grammar
The inherent semantics of argument structure: The case of the English
ditransitive construction
Adele E. Goldberg

Chapter 12: Usage-based linguistics
First steps toward a usage-based theory of language acquisition
Michael Tomasello

Epilogue: Trajectories for further reading
Dirk Geeraerts

ISBN 3-11-019085-0 Paperback
ISBN-13: 978-3-11-019085-4 Paperback
ISBN 3-11-019084-2 Hardcover
ISBN-13: 978-3-11-019084-7 Hardcover

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3110190842
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Pages: 485
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ISBN: 3110190850
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Pages: 485
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