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Title: World Englishes
Subtitle: A Cognitive Sociolinguistic Approach
Written By: Hans-Georg Wolf
Frank Polzenhagen
URL: http://degruyter.de/cont/fb/sk/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110196337-1
Series Title: Applications of Cognitive Linguistics [ACL] 8
Description:

The book is the first of its kind to establish Cognitive Linguistics as a
research paradigm within the field of world Englishes.

The authors survey the main tenets of both areas of linguistic enquiry and
suggest that the theoretical and methodological apparatus developed both
within Cognitive Linguistics generally and within its novel sub-discipline
Cognitive Sociolinguistics can overcome certain limitations inherent in
traditional approaches to cultural variation in language. They present a
case study of the linguistic realization of the cultural model of community
in African English as an exemplar for the investigation of cultural models
in other varieties of English. Corpus-linguistic methods are combined with
conceptual metaphor analysis and blending theory to elucidate a vast
network of conceptualizations salient to speakers of African English.

The findings, based on computer corpora and a range of additional sources,
are discussed against the background of work in anthropology, religious
studies, and political science. The book also reflects on the role of
English in intercultural communication and concludes with a comparison of
Cognitive Linguistics and pragmatic functionalism, placing the former in
the wider framework of a hermeneutic philosophy that stresses dialogic
understanding.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Discipline of Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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ISBN-13: 9783110199222
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ISBN-13: 9783110196337
Pages: 278
Prices: U.S. $ 137.00