'Provides a clear, careful and comprehensive introduction to what the
authors call the 'cognitive linguistics enterprise', including cognitive
semantics and cognitive grammar, synchronic and diachronic approaches,
linguistic and socio-cultural perspectives, universal and language specific
matters, older topics such as prototype theory, newer ones, such as
blending and much more.'
-Dr Brigitte Nerlich, University of Nottingham
An authoritative general introduction to cognitive linguistics, this book
provides up-to-date coverage of all areas of the field and sets in context
recent developments within cognitive semantics (including primary
metaphors, conceptual blending and Principled Polysemy), and cognitive
approaches to grammar (including Radical Construction Grammar and Embodied
Construction Grammar). While all topics are introduced in terms accessible
to both undergraduate and postgraduate students, this work is sufficiently
comprehensive and detailed to serve as a reference work for scholars from
linguistics and neighbouring disciplines who wish to gain a better
understanding of cognitive linguistics.
The book is divided into three parts (The cognitive linguistics enterprise;
Cognitive semantics; and Cognitive approaches to grammar), and is therefore
suitable for a range of different course types, both in terms of length and
level, as well as in terms of focus. In addition to defining the field, the
text also includes appropriate critical evaluation. Complementary and
potentially competing approaches are explored both within the cognitive
approach and beyond it. In particular, cognitive linguistics is compared
and contrasted with formal approaches including Generative Grammar, formal
approaches to semantics, and Relevance Theory.
* Exercises at the end of each chapter
* Annotated reading list at the end of each chapter
* Lively and accessible presentation
* Full bibliography
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