The New Psychology of Language

The New Psychology of Language : Cognitive and Functional Approaches to Language Structure, Volume II

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From the point of view of psychology and cognitive science, much of modern linguistics is too formal and mathematical to be of much use. The New Psychology of Language volumes broke new ground by introducing functional and cognitive approaches to language structure in terms already familiar to psychologists, thus defining the next era in the scientific study of language.

The Classic Edition volumes re-introduce some of the most important cognitive and functional linguists working in the field. They include a new introduction by Michael Tomasello in which he reviews what has changed since the volumes were first published and highlights the fundamental insights of the original authors. The New Psychology of Language volumes are a must-read for anyone interested in understanding how cognitive and functional linguistics has become the thriving perspective on the scientific study of language that it is today.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 278 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 22.86mm | 544g
  • Psychology Press Ltd
  • Hove, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Using last edition
  • 1848725930
  • 9781848725935
  • 3,085,362

Table of contents

Introduction to the Classic Edition, M. Tomasello

Introduction: Some Surprises for Psychologists, M. Tomasello

Concept Structuring Systems in Language, L. Talmy

Discourse and Grammar, J.W. Du Bois

Human Cognition and the Elaboration of Events: Some Universal Conceptual Categories, S. Kemmer

Social Interaction and Grammar, C.E. Ford, B.A. Fox, S.A. Thompson

Cognitive Processes in Grammaticalization, J. Bybee

Pronouns and Point of View: Cognitive Principles of Coreference, K. van Hoek

On Explaining Language Universals, B. Comrie

The Geometry of Grammatical Meaning: Semantic Maps and Cross-Linguistic Comparison, M. Haspelmath

Regularity and Idiomaticity in Grammatical Constructions: The Case ofLet Alone, C.J. Fillmore, P. Kay, M.C. O'Connor
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About Michael Tomasello

Michael Tomasello is Co-Director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany. His research interests focus on processes of social cognition, social learning, and communication/language in human children and great apes. Books include First Verbs (Cambridge University Press, 1992), Primate Cognition (Oxford University Press, 1997, with J. Call), The Cultural Origins of Human Cognition (Harvard University Press, 1999), Constructing a Language: A Usage-Based Theory of Language Acquisition (Harvard University Press, 2003), Origins of Human Communication (MIT Press, 2008), Why We Cooperate (MIT Press, 2009), and A Natural History of Human Thinking (Harvard University Press, 2014).
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