LING-749 Seminar: Topics in Cognitive Linguistics
Spring for 2017-2018
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Over the past 15 years, a number of key principles from Cognitive Linguistics (CL), a usage-based approach to language, have figured prominently in an impressive range of linguistic inquiry, including psycholinguistics (e.g. Coulson; Spivey), cognitive psychology (e.g., Boroditsky ; Casasanto), first language learning (e.g, Tomasello), second language learning (e.g. Cadierno et al ; Ellis; Tyler), [critical] discourse analysis ( e.g., Dancygier & Sweeter; Tenbrink; Wodak) and corpus linguistics (e.g., Gries; Wulff). These key principles include (but are not limited to) syntax as meaningful constructions (construction grammar, e.g., Goldberg, 1994; Bergen & Chang, 2005) embodiment and embodied semantics (e.g., Bergen, 2012; Spivey, 2007), conceptual metaphor theory (e.g, Lakoff, 1987), linguistic relativity (e.g. Casasanto, 2013; Slobin, 1986, 1997); and conceptual transfer (e.g. Jarvis & Pavlenko, 2008). In this seminar, we will learn about these key principles and examine work which applies them to select issues reflecting the precise interest of the seminar participants. Students will develop research projects focusing on applications of CL to their particular area of interest.

Readings will be a set of select articles and chapters available on BB.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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