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Title: Corpora in Cognitive Linguistics
Subtitle: Corpus-Based Approaches to Syntax and Lexis
Edited By: Anatol Stefanowitsch
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Cognitive Linguistics, the branch of linguistics that tries to "make one's
account of human language accord with what is generally known about the
mind and the brain," has become one of the most flourishing fields of
contemporary linguistics. The chapters address many classic topics of
Cognitive Linguistics. These topics include studies on the semantics of
specific words (including polysemy and synonymy) as well as semantic
characteristics of particular syntactic patterns/constructions (including
constructional synonymy and the schematicity of constructions), the
analysis of causatives, transitivity, and image-schematic aspects of
posture verbs.

The key characteristic of this volume is that all papers adopt the
methodological perspective of Corpus Linguistics, the rapidly evolving
branch of linguistics based on the computerized analysis of language used
in authentic settings. Thus, the contributions do not only all provide
various new insights in their respective fields, they also introduce new
data as well as new corpus-based and quantitative methods of analysis. On
the basis of their findings, the authors discuss both theoretical
implications going well beyond the singular topics of the studies and show
how the discipline of Cognitive Linguistics can benefit from the rigorous
analysis of naturally-occurring language. The languages which are
investigated are English, German, Dutch, and Russian, and the data come
from a variety of different corpora. As such, the present volume will be of
interest to a wide range of scholars with many different foci and interests
and should pave the way for further integration of usage-based techniques
of analysis within this exciting paradigm.

Review:
"On the whole, the volume makes for a highly stimulating and interesting
read and shows numerous ways in which corpus-linguistic methods may help to
complement cognitive approaches to linguistics."
-Rolf Kreyer in: Linguist List 18.243, 2007

Of interest to: Cognitive Linguists; Functional Linguists; Corpus
Linguists; Construction Grammarians; Empirical Linguists

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Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Syntax
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Cognitive Science
Subject Language(s): Dutch
English
German
Russian
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 3110198266
ISBN-13: 9783110198263
Pages: 352
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