Cognitive Linguistics and the History of Linguistics

Brigitte Nerlich and David D. Clarke

in The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780199738632
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Cognitive Linguistics and the History of Linguistics

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Cognitive linguistics has a long past and a short history. This article examines a number of aspects of the long past of cognitive linguistics. Specifically, it argues that the understanding that cognitive linguistics has of its own past is not in all respects optimal: on the one hand, the article points to forerunners that have hardly been recognized as such; on the other, it emphasizes that some of the theoreticians that served as a negative reference point for cognitive linguistics were actually closer to the cognitive approach than can be derived from the discussions. It concentrates on the history of linguistics only, with an occasional excursion to the history of philosophy. After briefly describing the internal history of cognitive linguistics, the article discusses three topic areas of specific importance for cognitive linguistics: polysemy, metaphor, and metonymy; the embodiment of cognition; and the gestalt psychology underlying linguistics.

Keywords: cognitive linguistics; history; linguistics; philosophy; polysemy; metaphor; metonymy; cognition; gestalt psychology; embodiment

Article.  8418 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Cognitive Linguistics

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