Cognitive Linguistics (Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics) by William Croft

By William Croft

In actual fact geared up and written, this textbook offers an invaluable creation to the connection among language and cognitive processing within the human mind. It covers the subjects prone to be encountered in a path or seminar, and offers a synthesis of research and examine in a fast-growing box of linguistics. The much-needed advent could be welcomed via undergraduates and graduates in linguistics and cognitive technological know-how.

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But there are a number of cases where speakers react with uncertainty as to whether the person involved is a bachelor or not: (19) a. b. c. d. e. f. The Pope Tarzan An adult male living with his girlfriend A male homosexual A male homosexual living with his boyfriend A seventeen-year-old living on his own, running his own Internet firm, and dating several women. [cf. a seventeen-year-old living with his parents and going to school, who virtually all agree is not a bachelor] The apparent problem with the simple definition of BACHELOR as ADULT UNMARRIED MALE is not that the definition is too simple (but see below).

An example of different scopes of predication can be found in the behavior of human body parts such as the following parts of the arm (Langacker 1987:119): KNUCKLE ⊂ FINGER ⊂ HAND ⊂ ARM ⊂ BODY. Each one has its immediate successor as its scope of predication. 7): (18) a. b. c. d. e. A body has two arms. A hand has five fingers. A finger has three knuckles and a fingernail. An arm has five fingers. A body has twenty-eight knuckles. 24 A conceptual approach to linguistic analysis Nested scopes of predications can be generalized to nesting of frames/domains in general.

A hand has five fingers. A finger has three knuckles and a fingernail. An arm has five fingers. A body has twenty-eight knuckles. 24 A conceptual approach to linguistic analysis Nested scopes of predications can be generalized to nesting of frames/domains in general. 3 Relationships between domains Much more complex is the elaboration of the relationships among domains – not surprisingly, since this touches on the organization of human knowledge in the mind. An important fact about profiles and frames/domains is that one can have successive chains of profile-frame relations.

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