Cognitive Exploration of Language and Linguistics: Second revised edition

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René Dirven, Marjolijn Verspoor
John Benjamins Publishing, Jun 30, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 277 pages
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.
This Second Revised Edition is corrected, updated and expanded.

Cognitive Exploration of Language and Linguistics is clearly presented and organized after having been tested in several courses in various countries.
Includes exercises (solutions to be found on the Internet).
 

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Contents

1 The cognitive basis of language
1
2 Whats in a word?
25
3 Meaningful building blocks
49
4 Putting concepts together
75
5 The sounds of language
101
6 Language culture and meaning
127
7 Doing things with words
149
8 Structuring texts
179
9 Language across time
203
10 Comparing languages
231
References
259
Index
269
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