Cognitive Exploration of Language and Linguistics

Cognitive Exploration of Language and Linguistics

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Cognitive Exploration of Language and Linguistics is designed as a comprehensive introductory text for first and second-year university students of language and linguistics. It provides a chapter on each of the more established areas in linguistics such as lexicology, morphology, syntax, phonetics and phonology, historical linguistics, and language typology and on some of the newer areas such as cross-cultural semantics, pragmatics, text linguistics and contrastive linguistics. In each of these areas language is explored as part of a cognitive system comprising perception, emotion, categorisation, abstraction processes, and reasoning. All these cognitive abilities may interact with language and be influenced by language. Thus the study of language in a sense becomes the study of the way we express and exchange ideas and thoughts. Cognitive Exploration of Language and Linguistics is clearly presented and organized after having been tested in several courses in various countries. It contains contributions from 15 specialists from 9 countries. Some key features of the text are: overviews and summaries for each chapter; a great many illustrations, examples, figures and tables; defined technical terms printed in bold; full index; annotated further reading lists for each chapter; exercises at the end of each chapter; detailed solutions to exercises can be found here.


(This publication is sponsored by the European Socrates Bureau. Adapted editions for Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian and Spanish are in preparation.)
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  • Hardback | 300 pages
  • 164 x 245mm | 600g
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 902721901X
  • 9789027219015

Table of contents

The cognitive basis of language - language and thought - overview, introduction - sign systems, structuring principles in language, linguistic and conceptual categories, summary, further reading, assignments; what's in a word? lexicology - overview, introduction -words, meanings and concepts, from words to meanings - semasiology, from concepts to words - onomasiology, conclusion - interplay between semasiology and onomasiology, summary, further reading, assignments; meaningful building blocks - morphology - overview, introduction, compounding, derivation, other word-formation processes, inflection and function words, conclusion - morphology, lexicon and syntax, summary, further reading, assignments; putting concepts together -syntax - overview, introduction - syntax and grammar, event schemes and participant roles, hierarchical and linear structure of the sentence, the grounding elements of a sentence, summary, further reading, assignments; the sounds of language - phonetics and phonology - overview, introduction - phonetics and phonology, production of speech sounds, consonants, vowels, phonemes and allophones - phonemic transcription, beyond the phoneme, sounds in context, summary, further reading, assignments; language, culture and meaning - cross-cultural semantics - overview, introduction - linguistic relativity and universalism, culture-specific words, culture-specific grammar, cultural scripts, conclusion - language, culture and thought, summary, further reading, assignments; doing things with words - pragmatics -overview, introduction - what is pragmatics? constitutive speech acts and felicity conditions, informative speech acts and cooperative interaction; obligative speech acts and polite interaction; conclusion - interplay between sentence structure and communicative intentions, summary, further reading, assignments; structuring texts - text linguistics - overview, communication, text and text linguistics, text representation, coherence versus cohesion, referential coherence, relational coherence, survey of coherence relations, summary, further reading, assignments; language across time - historical linguistics -overview, language change and language variation, methods of studying historical linguistics, typology of language change, causation and predictability, summary, further reading, assignment; language comparison - sociology of language, language typology and contrastive linguistics - overview, comparing languages, language typology, contrastive linguistics, summary, further reading assignments.
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