Cognitive Linguistics, Psychology, and Cognitive Science

Chris Sinha

in The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780199738632
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Cognitive Linguistics, Psychology, and Cognitive Science

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This article sheds light on the history of the sciences of mind within which the development of cognitive linguistics can be situated. It shows that it is the modern inheritor of an older tradition, antedating the behaviorist ascendancy in mid-twentieth century psychology which preceded classical cognitive science. This tradition, centered in psychology but drawing heavily on biology, linguistics, philosophy, anthropology, and sociology, was a kind of cognitive science avant la lettre. It is a measure of the poverty of behaviorism that psychology was compelled to concede disciplinary leadership in classical cognitive science to formalist linguistics and computer science. This article also considers conceptual foundations in psychology, including rule versus schema, the role of imagery in language comprehension and in cognition, consciousness and metacognition, self and autobiographic memory, meaning, embodiment, linguistic schemas and metaphor, and representation and symbolization.

Keywords: cognitive linguistics; psychology; behaviorism; cognitive science; rule; schema; imagery; language comprehension; cognition; consciousness

Article.  12136 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Cognitive Linguistics

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