Ling2-592 Cognitive Linguistics

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In what sense is Cognitive Linguistics a cognitive approach to the study of language? In Cognitive Linguistics natural language is studied as a mental phenomenon. The foundational point is simply that language is all about meaning. Cognitive Linguistics sees language as an instrument for organizing, processing, and conveying information (as something primarily semantic). A cognitive approach to language focuses on meaning. It is not just about knowledge of the language but language itself is a form of knowledge and has to be analyzed accordingly, with a focus on meaning. There are four specific characteristics about the way Cognitive Linguistics thinks about meaning. Linguistic meaning is perspectival. Linguistic meaning is dynamic and flexible. Linguistic meaning is encyclopedic and non-autonomous. Linguistic meaning is based on usage and experience.


Teaching hours: 3 | ECTS: 10

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