In the past decade, Cognitive Linguistics has developed into one of the
most dynamic and attractive frameworks within theoretical and descriptive
linguistics The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics is a major new
reference that presents a comprehensive overview of the main theoretical
concepts and descriptive/theoretical models of Cognitive Linguistics, and
covers its various subfields, theoretical as well as applied.
The first twenty chapters give readers the opportunity to acquire a
thorough knowledge of the fundamental analytic concepts and descriptive
models of Cognitive Linguistics and their background. The book starts with
a set of chapters discussing different conceptual phenomena that are
recognized as key concepts in Cognitive Linguistics: prototypicality,
metaphor, metonymy, embodiment, perspectivization, mental spaces, etc. A
second set of chapters deals with Cognitive Grammar, Construction Grammar,
and Word Grammar, which, each in their own way, bring together the basic
concepts into a particular theory of grammar and a specific model for the
description of grammatical phenomena. Special attention is given to the
interrelation between Cognitive and Construction Grammar. A third set of
chapters compares Cognitive Linguistics with other forms of linguistic
research (functional linguistics, autonomous linguistics, and the history
of linguistics), thus giving a readers a better grip on the position of
Cognitive Linguistics within the landscape of linguistics at large.
The remaining chapters apply these basic notions to various more specific
linguistic domains, illustrating how Cognitive Linguistics deals with the
traditional linguistic subdomains (phonology, morphology, lexicon, syntax,
text and discourse), and demonstrating how it handles linguistic variation
and change. Finally they consider its importance in the domain of Applied
Linguistics, and look at interdisciplinary links with research fields such
as philosophy and psychology.
With a well-known cast of contributors from around the world, this
reference work will be of interest to researchers and advanced students in
(cognitive) linguistics, psychology, cognitive science, and anthropology.