MACognitive Linguistics

Credit points: 3
Contact hours: 30
Type: Seminar Classes

Main Instructor

Frančiška Lipovšek, PhD


Frančiška Lipovšek, PhD

Course Description

An introduction to cognitive linguistcs, focusing on the following topics:

1. The relationship between language, meaning and conceptualization.
2. Cognitive grammar. Comparison with other theoretical frameworks.
3. Radial categories and the prototype theory.
4. Scene construal, spatial orientation and basic cognitive relations.
5. Image schemas and domains.
6. Conceptual metaphor and metonymy.
7. A cognitive approach to concrete grammatical categories and structures (e.g. definiteness and article use, countability, prepositional phrases, possessive constructions, existentials, relative clauses, sentence patterns).


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