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Studies in Linguistics and Cognition


Edited By Bárbara Eizaga-Rebollar

Studies in Linguistics and Cognition offers a comprehensive collection of essays in the interdisciplinary fields of linguistics and cognition. These essays explore the connections between cognitive approaches and different theoretical and applied linguistic theories, such as pragmatics, sociolinguistics, computational linguistics and semantics among others, providing revealing insights into the nature of the cognitive processes underlying language. The authors discuss a variety of fundamental questions, ranging from the study of figurative language, phrasal verbs and humorous discourse to the analysis of fuzzy concepts, attitude verbs and neologisms. These and other related questions are dealt with in this integrative overview of the linguistic and cognitive processes. The volume is structured in three main sections, each corresponding to a distinct level of meaning description: Section I deals with Lexicon and Cognition, Section II with Semantics and Cognition and Section III with Communication and Cognition. This book provides thought-provoking reading for linguists, pragmaticians, psychologists, philosophers and cognitive scientists as well as scholars in computational linguistics and natural language processing who are interested in gaining a better understanding of the interface between cognition and linguistics.


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Acknowledgements This volume was made possible with the help of many people. The research group Pragmalingüística, promoter of this volume, would like to express their thanks, in the first place, to all the authors for their contributions and for their patience. We would also like to thank the research group Semaínein for their help and collaboration. The Department of Filología Francesa e Inglesa of the University of Cádiz (mainly, Dolores Bermúdez Medina) deserves special thanks for their constant support. Support for some of the work in this volume came from the Plan de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación of the Junta de Anda- lucía. A special tip of the hat goes to José Manuel Aragón Sánchez for his invaluable work in helping format this book. We are grateful to Ursula Rettinghaus and Maurizio Gotti for seeing the manuscript through the printing process. Finally, the editor of this volume wishes very much to thank her colleagues, María Ángeles Zarco Tejada and José María García Núñez, for their assistance in bringing this project to fruition.

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