The volume is dedicated to Professor Ronald W. Langacker in appreciation of his pioneering work in Cognitive Linguistics and focuses on the concept of
Imagery in Language – as proposed by Ronald W. Langacker in his seminal
Foundations of Cognitive Grammar. It is thus to be seen in the context of the rise and development of this new paradigm in language studies. To honour Professor Langacker’s scholarly achievements and his intellectual contribution to the science of language, on 1
of October 2003 the Senate of the University of Łódź awarded him the degree of the
doctor honoris causa of Łódź University. The papers in this volume, describing imagery in general language, rhetoric and poetics, were presented at the conference
Imagery in Language organized in Łódź on 28-30 September 2003 to celebrate this event. This publication also includes a number of invited papers.