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Cognitive Linguistics is the most rapidly expanding school in modern Linguistics. It aims to create a scientific approach to the study of language, incorporating the tools of philosophy, neuroscience and computer science. Cognitive approaches to language were initially based on philosophical thinking about the mind, but more recent work emphasizes the importance of convergent evidence from a broad empirical and methodological base.

The Cognitive Linguistics Reader brings together the key writings of the last two decades, both the classic foundational pieces and contemporary work. The essays and articles - selected to represent the full range, scope and diversity of the Cognitive Linguistics enterprise - are grouped by theme into sections with each section separately introduced. The book opens with a broad overview of Cognitive Linguistics designed for the introductory reader and closes with detailed further reading to guide the reader through the proliferating literature. 

The Reader is both an ideal introduction to the full breadth and depth of Cognitive Linguistics and a single work of reference bringing together the most significant work in the field. 

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List of contributors
Original sources of papers


I  Overview
1.  Evans, Vyvyan, Benjamin K. Bergen and Jörg Zinken.  The Cognitive Linguistics Enterprise: 
An Overview. 

II  Empirical methods in cognitive linguistics
Sectional Introduction

2.  Gibbs, Raymond W. Why Cognitive Linguists Should Care More About Empirical Methods.
3.  Cuyckens, Hubert, Sandra Dominiek and Sally Rice.  Towards an Empirical Lexical Semantics.  
4. Stefanowitsch, Anatol and Stefan Th. Gries.  Collostructions: Investigating the Interaction of Words and Constructions.
5.  Coulson, Seana and Cyma Van Petten.  Conceptual Integration and  Metaphor: An Event-related Potential Study.

III  Prototypes, polysemy and word-meaning 
6.  Lakoff, George.  Cognitive Models and Prototype Theory. 
7. Geeraerts, Dirk. Where does Prototypicality Come From?
8.  Tyler, Andrea and Vyvyan Evans.  Reconsidering Prepositional Polysemy Networks: The Case of over.
9. Fillmore, Charles.  Frame Semantics.

IV  Metaphor, metonymy and blending
10.  Lakoff, George.  The Contemporary Theory of Metaphor. 
11.  Grady, Joseph.  A Typology of Motivation for Conceptual Metaphor: Correlation vs. Resemblance. 
12.  Radden, Günter and Zoltán Kövecses. Towards a Theory of Metonymy.
13.  Fauconnier, Gilles and Mark Turner.  Conceptual Integration Networks. 
14.  Grady, Joseph, Todd Oakley and Seana Coulson.  Blending and Metaphor.

V  Cognitive approaches to grammar
15.  Langacker, Ronald W.  An Introduction to Cognitive Grammar.
16.  Talmy, Leonard.  The Relation of Grammar to Cognition.  
17.  Fillmore, Charles, Paul Kay and Mary Catherine O’Connor.  Regularity and Idiomaticity: The Case of let alone. 
18.  Goldberg, Adele. Constructions: A New Theoretical Approach to Language.
19.  Bergen , Benjamin K. and Nancy Chang.  Embodied Construction Grammar in Simulation-based Language Understanding.  
20.  Croft, William.  Logical and Typological Arguments for Radical Construction Grammar.

VI  Conceptual structure in language
21.  Talmy, Leonard.  Force Dynamics in Language and Cognition.
22.  Evans, Vyvyan. How we Conceptualise Time: Language, Meaning and Temporal Cognition.
23.  Talmy, Leonard.  How Language Structures Space.              

VII  Language acquisition, diversity and change
24.  Tomasello, Michael. A Usage-based Approach to Child Language Acquisition.
25.  Melissa Bowerman and Soonja Choi.  Space Under Construction: Language- specific Spatial Categorization in First Language Acquisition. 
26.  Boroditsky, Lera.  Does Language Shape Thought? English and Mandarin Speakers' Conceptions of Time.
27.  Slobin, Dan.  Language and Thought Online: Cognitive Consequences of Linguistic Relativity.
28.  Croft, William.  Linguistic Selection: An Utterance-based Evolutionary Theory of Language. 

Annotated guide to further reading

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