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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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BÁRBARA EIZAGA REBOLLAR, JOSÉ MARÍA GARCÍA NÚÑEZ & MARÍA ÁNGELES ZARCO TEJADA Preface The following pages originate from a conference called II Jornadas de Lingüística y Cognición, held at the University of Cadiz in March 2009 and organized by the members of the research group Pragma- lingüística. The conference aimed to analyze several linguistic phe- nomena in the light of different cognitive approaches, ranging from philosophy through pragmatics to computational linguistics, and saw the presence of notable scholars. The eleven chapters in this book, first presented at the aforementioned conference, offer new insights into cognition-based language research, and represent a coherent and con- vergent set of studies, which demonstrates that meaning is the linguis- tic phenomenon most directly related to cognition. Thus, we have di- vided the book into three main sections, each corresponding to a differ- ent level of meaning analysis: Section 1 explores the study of the Lex- icon and Cognition; Section 2 deals with Semantics and Cognition; and Section 3 is concerned with Communication and Cognition. Section 1 provides recent concerns in the study of lexical mean- ing from a cognitive point of view. It comprises four chapters. The first one titled ‘Neology and Cognition’ by Carmen Varo Varo and María Tadea Díaz Hormigo, applies new developments achieved in experimental psycholinguistics to neologism research, focusing espe- cially on the cognitive strategies which speakers and listeners use to encode and decode newly-coined lexical units. In ‘Studies on Lexical Availability:...

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