Cognitive Linguistics between Universality and Variation
“This volume takes up the challenge of assessing the present state of Cognitive Linguistics on the cutting edge between universality and variability. Claims of universality have never been explicitly articulated by cognitive linguists but studies on embodiment, motivation and cognitive processes such as metaphor, metonymy, and conceptual integration rely on general cognitive abilities and hence tacitly assume cross-linguistic commonalities. Variability within a language and across languages has received growing attention, especially in contrastive and corpus-based studies. Both perspectives are given ample space in the articles collected in the volume.
“The present volume is the first to address the important issue of the position of Cognitive Linguistics between the poles of universality and variability. The editors’ insightful introduction draws compelling awareness to this as a yet unresolved question. At the same time, the fine contributions collected in the volume reflect state-of-the-art research in Cognitive Linguistics and point to innovative avenues for future research. The interdisciplinary range of subject areas, the new approaches pursued and the various methodologies employed makes this volume particularly valuable. It should be of great interest to scholars working in the fields of Cognitive Linguistics and in specific languages, particularly English and Slavic linguistics.”
– Günter Radden, University of Hamburg
Mario Brdar, a Professor of English Linguistics in the Department of English Language and Literature at Josip Juraj Strossmayer University, Osijek, is the Editor of the linguistic journal Jezikoslovlje, and a member of the editorial board of Review of Cognitive Linguistics, Atlantis, Bosanski jezik, and The Open Applied Linguistics Journal, as well as of the Human Cognitive Processing series. His publications mostly deal with contrastive and cognitive-functional approaches to grammatical constructions and basic cognitive processes such as metonymy and metaphor.
Ida Raffaelli, Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zagreb, is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Suvremena lingvistika and Vice President of the Croatian Philological Society. Her publications mostly deal with polysemy, interface of syntax and semantics, diachronic semantics and morphosemantics.
Milena Žic Fuchs, a pioneer of Cognitive Linguistics in Croatia, has published articles in international and Croatian journals, covering research topics in semantics, discourse analysis, cognitive linguistics and the influence of communication technologies on language. In 2010, she was elected Full Member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts. From 2005, she was a member of the Standing Committee for the Humanities of the ESF; in 2006, she was elected a member of the Core Group; and in 2009, she was elected Chair of the Standing Committee for the Humanities, ESF.
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