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Title: Cognition and Pragmatics
Edited By: Dominiek Sandra
Jan-Ola Östman
Jef Verschueren
Series Title: Handbook of Pragmatics Highlights 3

The ten volumes of Handbook of Pragmatics Highlights focus on the
most salient topics in the field of pragmatics, thus dividing its wide
interdisciplinary spectrum in a transparent and manageable way. While other
volumes select philosophical, grammatical, social, variational,
interactional, or discursive angles, this third volume focuses on the
interface between language and cognition. Language use is impossible
without the mobilization of a large variety of cognitive processes, each
serving a different purpose. During the last half century cognitive
approaches to language have been particularly successful, and the broad
spectrum of contributions to this volume testify to this success. As
cognitive approaches to language are by definition a subset of the larger
enterprise of cognitive science, a contribution on this general topic sets
the stage. This is joined by a chapter on cognitive grammar, a theoretical
study of the architecture of human language that is deeply inspired by
general cognitive principles. A chapter on experimentation offers a
crash-course on basic issues of experimental design and on the rationale
behind statistical testing in general and the most important statistical
tests in particular, offering a methodological toolkit for understanding
many of the other contributions. Different chapters cover a broad range of
topics: language acquisition, psycholinguistics, specialized topics within
the latter field (e.g. the bilingual mental lexicon, categorization), and
aspects of language awareness. Some chapters home in on what have become
indispensible perspectives on the cognitive underpinnings of language: the
way language is represented and processed in the human brain and simulation
studies. The ever-growing success of the latter type of studies is
exemplified, for instance, by the highly flourishing connectionist
tradition and the more general paradigm of artificial intelligence, each of
which is dealt with in a separate contribution.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
Cognitive Science
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9027207801
ISBN-13: 9789027207807
Prices: Europe EURO 39.00
U.S. $ 59.00
Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027289209
Prices: Europe EURO 39.00
U.S. $ 59.0