Cognitive Linguistics And The Study Of Chinese

Cognitive Linguistics And The Study Of Chinese
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Bringing together contributions from a group of prominent researchers and scholars applying cognitive methods to the study of Chinese language, this volume tries to shed critical light on linguistic structures and usages characteristic of the Chinese language, including noun-verb encapsulation, spatial characteristics of grammar, existential constructions, conceptual structures and coherence, idioms and metaphors, language acquisition of caused motions, etc. In addition to the carefully-chosen topics, the contributions also embody the principle of "converging evidence" which has been advocated by Cognitive Linguistics since its start-up stage. Some studies in this volume employ the introspective method with theoretical analysis, while others incorporate the empirical corpus-based, behavioral and neuroscientific methods. Featuring the diverse topics and multiple methods, this collection will help readers who are interested in linguistic and cognitive universals gain a clear picture of what Chinese scholars are focusing on in the area of Cognitive Linguistics and what unique contributions the study of Chinese may make to the enterprise of cognitive science.

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