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Cognitive Perspectives on Language


Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk

The papers collected in the present volume show that the terms cognitivism and cognitive, so common in present day linguistic discourse, do not refer to a single theoretical mode or approach to language. Firstly, the papers show that cognitivism is a lively research area accommodating a wide spectrum of approaches. Secondly, they address a number of issues ranging from grammaticalization, event structure, semantic representation, equivalence, image schematic representations and lexicography to poetry, metaphor, metonymy, and national mentality. Some of the contributions deal with the linguistic phenomena in one language, while others take up a cross-linguistic approach.
Contents: Zdzislaw Wasik: Sydney Lamb's Cognitive Theory of Language and the Notion of Idiolect as an Object of Linguistic Studies - Przemyslaw Lozowski: Panchrony, or Linguistics without Synchrony - Klaus-Uwe Panther/Linda L. Thornburg: Coercion and Metonymy: The Interaction of Constructional and Lexical Meaning - Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk: A Cognitive-interactional Model of Cross-linguistic Analysis: New perspectives on 'tertium comparationis' and the concept of equivalence - Waldemar Skrzypczak: Image-Schematic Structure and Semantic Equivalence in Contrastive Analysis - Anna Slon: Image Schemata and the Elaboration of Events - Monika Kozlowska: 'Ensuite' en français et structure d'événements: une approche cognitive - Danko Sipka: Process Profiling in Polish, Russian and Serbo-Croatian - Hubert Cuyckens: Grammaticalization in the English Prepositions 'to' and 'for' - Leszek Berezowski: To Count or not to Count? A Fresh Look at Countability - Igor Burkhanov: Smoking and Other Frames: Applications in Ideography - Alina Kwiatkowska: A Cognitive Linguist Reads 'Haiku' Poetry - Klaudia Wengorek: Translation, or How to Build Bridges Between Cultures. Remarks on Linguistic and Cultural Relativism - Piotr Chruszczewski: An Attempt to Define Discourse Structure on the Example of President Reagan's Speech to the House of Commons, June 8, 1982 - Anatolij Dorodnych: National Mentality Through Language: Contrasting Associative Networks.