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A branch of linguistics that interprets language in terms of the concepts that underlie its forms. Cognitive linguistics claims that language is part of a larger cognition apparatus and views meaning in terms of conceptualisation and mental spaces, denying that there is a separate module in the human mind dedicated exclusively to language.

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How does syntax of our language affect our thoughts?

Our language affects the way we perceive the world. I know it is not only because the words that don’t exist in one of the languages may exist in the other ones, but also because of the grammar. We ...
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Is there a term for a mental prototype changing?

Years ago, if I heard the word bird I thought about a sparrow since I live in western Pennsylvania and there are sparrows everywhere. But now, if I hear the word bird I picture a blue, two-dimensional ...
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Does understanding free word order require a distinct cognitive process?

Abbreviate 'a language with free word order' to FWOL (eg: 1, 2, 3, 4). I exemplify with Latin. When trying to read a FWOL, I must firstly consciously determine the lexical categories of each word, ...
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What does a cognitive linguistics researcher actually do in practice?

What would a cognitive linguistics researcher do on a daily basis, and how would they go about conducting this research?
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What are the differences between Frames and Image Schemata?

I know there are several schema based theories in cognitive sciences, including psychology and linguistics. I am also aware that they mostly share a lot in common, as, for instance, Rumelhart (1981) ...
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What is the phenomenon that each word variation is regarded equally, not a variation of the root?

This is a thing that I remember that I read in a cognitive psychology book, but I can't find it out. For example, the word cats has two morphemes: cat + s. So we usually regard cats as a morphological ...
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Are cognitive benefits of bilinguals proof of independence of thought and language?

The Sapir–Whorf hypothesis says that language determines thought. Chomsky's theory states that cognition and language are independent systems. Biliguals have an advantage in several areas of ...
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Another example of Talmy's Ca1 factor in attention phenomena?

I'm a cognitive science student and I am studying the book "Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics". Leonard Talmy has put a great effort in attention theory, but the part about Ca1 factor has just ...
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Has there been any development or long lasting influence of Leonard Talmy's work?

I've read some of Talmy's work particularly that of his semantic analysis of the spatial organization inherent in the meaning of prepositions like "across","around" or "over" among others. I've found ...
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What is the view of prototype theory regarding features?

For example, the most prototypical exemplars of bird is robin, the least ones are ostrich or penguin. But since it rejects the classical theory (aka the necessary and sufficient conditions), I think ...
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Definition of "concept" and "conceptual field in cognitive linguistics

I am writing a Master's thesis dedicated to the conception field "business" in Modern English Language. The definition of "concept" and "conceptional field" is greatly discussed by Russian linguists, ...
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Name of the theory of lexical semantics that distinguishes consonants by the values "up" and "down"?

I'm reading "Cognitive interpretation of Czech verse" by Pavel Jiráček about a way to analyze poetry by reading how the consonants, syllables and words conotate "up" and "down". What is the best ...
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What special relationship does 'de' reveal between a main verb and the infinitive?

Source: pp 367-368, The semantics of ‘empty prepositions’ in French (1996) by Kemmer and Shyldkrot, as part of Cognitive Linguistics in the Redwoods: The Expansion of a New Paradigm in Linguistics ...
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How do you code a beat gesture in ELAN?

In gesture studies, a beat is described as a gesture which punctuates discourse and signals important parts of speech. I am working on gesture and I have to differentiate beats from other types of ...