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From Conceptual Metaphor Theory to Cognitive Ethnolinguistics

Patterns of Imagery in Language


Edited By 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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About the need to integrate research approaches to the language faculty phenomenon


Jolanta Mazurkiewicz-Sokołowska University of Szczecin


This paper attempts to show that the integration of various research approaches to language faculty is possible. To prove this, I shall present a complex definition of the language faculty and a three-level integrative model which combines the abstract universal information with the specific one derived from cognitive processing. As a result, a coherent framework for the uniform description of the phenomenon of the language faculty in all its manifestations shall be formulated. To support the accuracy and adequacy of the suggested model and the necessity to integrate various approaches, I provide empirical data from language perception and production.

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