Cognitive Models in Language and Thought

Cognitive Models in Language and Thought

Cognitive Models in Language and Thought

Cognitive Models in Language and Thought


The volume offers a number of representative papers on cognitive models that are invoked when people deal with questions of social identity, political and economic manipulation, and more general issues such as the genomic discourse. It demonstrates that the technical apparatus of cognitive linguistics can be used to analyze the various ways our conception of social reality is shaped by underlying cognitive and/or cultural models or patterns of thought, and also looks into how this is done. The new inroad the volume pursues is the deliberate and explicit orientation towards a cognitive sociolinguistics, or more generally, a cognitive semiotics.


This collection of papers is the result of the 29 International LAUD Symposium entitled "The Language of Socio-Political Ideologies", which was held at the University of Koblenz-Landau in Landau (Germany) on March 27–29, 2002.

Thanks to the generous support by the DFG (German Research Foundation), the University of Koblenz-Landau, the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Rhineland-Palatinate, the Gillet Foundation (Edenkoben) and the Friends and Supporters of the University of Koblenz-Landau (Campus Landau), many internationally wellknown scholars could participate in the symposium. Thanks are also due to the organizing LAUD team of the conference, in particular Heike Ramsauer, Angelika Daniel and Holly Hirzel for their enthusiasm and kind assistance.

Beyond these, a sincere thanks goes out to the authors in this volume, who have responded with alacrity and professionalism to all the requests that have been made of them. We are also indebted to two of the editors of the book series Cognitive Linguistics Research: Ronald W. Langacker and John R. Taylor, whose support was crucial to the emergence of the present volume.

Our deep gratitude must also go to those who made this publication possible: to all colleagues who kindly agreed to act as referees and who reviewed the papers, offering valuable advice both to the contributors and to the editors; furthermore, to Anke Beck and Birgit Sievert (Mouton de Gruyter), for their kind assistance and cooperation with this venture; and to Jörg Behrndt (Duisburg), whose expertise and infinite patience gave the volume its final computerized shape.

René Dirven (University of Duisburg) Roslyn Frank (University of Iowa) Martin Pütz (University of Koblenz-Landau) . . .

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