Preface to Meaning, Form, and Body
MEANING, FORM, AND BODY, Fey Parrill, Vera Tobin, Mark Turner, eds., Stanford: Center for the Study of Language and Information, 2010
8 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2010 Last revised: 27 Jan 2010
Date Written: January 15, 2010
A brief presentation of the current state of cognitive and functional linguistics. Both cognitive and functional (or usage-based) approaches share the assumption that language happens within a social and conceptual context, and that grammar is motivated by use. Cognitive approaches force us to confront the fact that language is part of general cognition, while usage-based approaches keep us grounded in the real phenomena of language. Bringing the two approaches together has resulted in powerful demonstrations of the value of taking real language data and building towards a theoretical framework that has explanatory power (witness the success of construction grammar).
Keywords: cognitive linguistics, functional linguistics, linguistics, usage-based
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