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Title: Ontolinguistics
Subtitle: How ontological status shapes the linguistic coding of concepts
Edited By: Andrea C. Schalley
Dietmar Zaefferer
URL: http://www.degruyter.com/rs/bookSingle.cfm?id=IS-9783110189971-1&l=E
Series Title: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [TiLSM] 176

Current progress in linguistic theorizing is more and more informed by
cross-linguistic (including cross-modal) investigation. Comparison of
languages relies crucially on the concepts that can be coded with similar
effort in all languages. These concepts are part of every language user's
ontology, the network of cross-connected conceptualizations the mind uses
in coping with the world.

Assuming that language comparability is rooted in the comparability of user
ontologies, the idea of the present volume is to further instigate progress
in linguistics by looking behind the interface with the
conceptal-intentional system and asking a still underexplored question: How
are ontological structures reflected in intra- and cross-linguistic
regularities? This question defines the research program of ontology based
linguistics or ontolinguistics.

Recent advances in the theory of language have been characterized by an
emphasis on external explanatory adequacy and thus on relating language to
other phenomena. The research program introduced in this volume adds a
decisively distinct and fresh aspect to this emerging new contextualization
of the field by bringing together insights from different areas, mainly
linguistics, but also neuroscience, philosophy, and artificial
intelligence. In providing these disciplines with a new common task, the
exploration of the impact of ontological structures on linguistic
regularities, the ontolinguistic approach promises to develop into a vital
branch of cognitive science.

Documenting the beginnings, the book aims to instigate future
interdisciplinary research in this area.

Of Interest To:

Researchers in Linguistics, Artificial Intelligence, Philosophy, and
Cognitive Science in general.

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Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9783110189971
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Pages: 440
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