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From Conceptual Metaphor Theory to Cognitive Ethnolinguistics

Patterns of Imagery in Language

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Marek Kuźniak, Agnieszka Libura and Michał Szawerna

The origins of this volume lie in the international conference Cognitive Linguistics in the Year 2012, convened by the Polish Cognitive Linguistics Association. The proceedings of the conference revolved around three major thematic areas: metaphorical and metonymic underpinnings of meaning in language and beyond, prototypical and gradual phenomena pertaining to linguistic categorization across the lexicogrammatical continuum, and the need for advancing theoretical tools. These recurring themes are reflected in the three-part structure of this volume, with contributions from nearly two dozen researchers exploring a broad array of linguistic as well as non-linguistic data.
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Analysis of the verbal prefix iz- in Croatian using the corpus-driven method of cognitive linguistics

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Przemysław Brom University of Bielsko-Biała

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Spatial dependencies and differences in the ways of expressing them in languages are often the subject of research into meaning. A tool that allows linguists to achieve adequate results during such research is the quantitative method based on corpus data. Such data makes it possible to analyse the occurrence of a linguistic feature in numerous usages; it gives researchers an insight into the complex nature of language. Moreover, this method enables an objective verification of the obtained results by making the operationalization of the research problem possible. This paper presents the results of an analysis based on the corpus material of the Croatian language. The subject of the analysis is the prefix iz-; the objective, however, is to specify how that prefix influences the ways of naming spatial dependencies.

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