Cognitive Linguistics, Foundations, Scope, and Methodology

Cognitive Linguistics, Foundations, Scope, and Methodology

Cognitive Linguistics, Foundations, Scope, and Methodology

Cognitive Linguistics, Foundations, Scope, and Methodology


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Cognitive Linguistics established itself as a coherent, identifiable approach about a decade ago, marked by the first International Cognitive Linguistics Conference (Duisburg, Germany, 1989) and by the founding of the journal Cognitive Linguistics, which first appeared in 1990. By that time, the major theoretical foundations had been laid and a substantial amount of empirical data had already been gathered to support and develop those theories, resulting in a number of scholarly publications that have since become widely-cited classics: George Lakoff and Mark Johnson's (1980) Metaphors We Live By, Leonard Talmy's (1983) [How language structures space], Charles Fillmore's (1985) Frames and the Semantics of Understanding, Gilles Fauconnier's (1985) Mental Spaces, George Lakoff s (1987) Women, Fire and Dangerous Things, Ronald Langacker's two-volume work on the Foundations of Cognitive Grammar (1987, 1991; paperback edition 1999), Leonard Talmy's (1988) Force Dynamics in Language and Cognition, Brygida Rudzka-Ostyn's (1988) Topics in Cognitive Linguistics, George Lakoff and Mark Turner's (1989) More than Cool Reason, Eve Sweetser's (1990) From Etymology to Pragmatics, and the first volume in the Cognitive Linguistics Research series, Ronald Langacker's (1990) Concept, Image, and Symbol.

All these authors and a steadily increasing number of scholars world-wide have taken up the challenge of mapping out the structure and dynamics of language in use from a cognitive perspective. That perspective entails a concern for contextualized, dynamically constructed meanings and for the grounding of language use in cognitive and social-interactional processes.

Against the background of diversification and consolidation of cognitive linguistic research, the plenary talks at the Fifth Interna-

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