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The Foundations of Cognitive Grammar: Volume I: Theoretical Prerequisites
This is the first volume of a two-volume work that introduces a new and fundamentally different conception of language structure and linguistic investigation. The central claim of cognitive grammar is that grammar forms a continuum with lexicon and is fully describable in terms of symbolic units (i.e. form-meaning pairings). In contrast to current orthodoxy, the author arg ...more
Paperback, 540 pages
Published August 1st 1999 by Stanford University Press
(first published June 1st 1987)
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Ronald Langacker Cognitive Grammar is one of the most fine works on language and cognition of the last twenty years. Instead of deducing the organisation of conceptual system by means of pragmatic analisys of language (as Jackendoff and Talmy for istance)Langacker take up the hard task of describing language as a natural-cognitive based phenomena. Language, says Langacker, is simbolic in nature. This means that meaning pertains to all levels of language structure and that sintax and semantics ca ...more