Course Content (Syllabus)
In what sense is Cognitive Linguistics a cognitive approach to the study of language? In Cognitive Linguistics natural language is studied as a mental phenomenon. The foundational point is simply that language is all about meaning. Cognitive Linguistics sees language as an instrument for organizing, processing, and conveying information (as something primarily semantic). A cognitive approach to language focuses on meaning. It is not just about knowledge of the language but language itself is a form of knowledge and has to be analyzed accordingly, with a focus on meaning. There are four specific characteristics about the way Cognitive Linguistics thinks about meaning. Linguistic meaning is perspectival. Linguistic meaning is dynamic and flexible. Linguistic meaning is encyclopedic and non-autonomous. Linguistic meaning is based on usage and experience.
cognition, conceptualization, metaphor, metonymy, language of emotions
Additional bibliography for study
Evans, V., B. Bergen, J. Zinken
2007 The Cognitive Linguistics Reader. Equinox Pub.
2006 Cognitive Linguistics: Basic Readings. CLR 34. Mouton de Gruyter.
Geeraerts, D and H. Cuyckens (eds.)
2007 The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics. OUP.
Κατή, Δ., Μ. Κονδύλη, Κ. Νικιφορίδου
1991 Γλώσσα και Νόηση. Εκδ. Αλεξάνδρεια.
1987 Women, Fire, and dangerous things: What categories reveal about the mind. University of Chicago Press.
1995 Linguistic Categorization. OUP.
Ungerer, F. and H.-J. Schmid
2006 An Introduction to Cognitive Linguistics. Longman.