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Cognitive Linguistics by William A. Croft
Book DescriptionCognitive Linguistics argues that language is governed by general cognitive principles, rather than by a special-purpose language module. This introductory textbook surveys the field of cognitive linguistics as a distinct area of study, presenting its theoretical foundations and the arguments supporting it. Clearly organised and accessibly written, it provides a useful introduction to the relationship between language and cognitive processing in the human brain. It covers the main topics likely to be encountered in a course or seminar, and provides a synthesis of study and research in this fast-growing field of linguistics. The authors begin by explaining the conceptual structures and cognitive processes governing linguistic representation and behaviour, and go on to explore cognitive approaches to lexical semantics, as well as syntactic representation and analysis, focusing on the closely related frameworks of cognitive grammar and construction grammar. This much-needed introduction will be welcomed by students in linguistics and cognitive science.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521667708
(228mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 22-Jan-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author William A. Croft
Verbs, Paperback (March 2012)
This book examines the syntax and semantics of verbs from a crosslinguistic perspective, taking full account of diachronic and usage-based research. It encompasses the full range of English verb classes, has a strong typological dimension, and presents a model of event structure that breaks new ground in predicting and explaining linguistic facts.
Genetic Linguistics, Paperback (March 2005)
This book collects Joseph Greenberg's most important writings on the genetic classification of the world's languages. William Croft sets the work in context and considers its impact and the bitter controversy it excited.
Cognitive Linguistics, Hardback (January 2004)
This book introduces the field of cognitive linguistics, presenting its theoretical foundations and the arguments supporting it.
Typology and Universals, Paperback (November 2002)» View all books by William A. Croft
A thorough rewriting to reflect advances in typology and universals in the past decade.
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Author Biography - William A. Croft
D. Alan Cruse is Senior Lecturer in the School of English and Linguistics, University of Manchester. William Croft is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Manchester.
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