Cognitive Linguistics

ISSN: 1613-3641

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    Preferences in the use of overabundance: predictors of lexical bias in Estonian.Mari Aigro & Virve-Anneli Vihman - 2024 - Cognitive Linguistics 35 (2):289-312.
    This study of morphological overabundance focuses on the (non-)synonymy of parallel forms in Estonian illative case (‘into’) and the type of entrenchment behind it. We focus on the lexical level, testing whether the form preferred for a lexeme depends on semantic or morphophonological factors, or both. Using multifactorial regression analyses, we compare three corpus datasets: lexemes biased toward long forms, those biased toward short forms and lexemes with balanced form distribution. This is the first study to investigate realised overabundance in (...)
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    Ideal and real paradigms: language users, reference works and corpora.Neil Bermel, Luděk Knittl, Martin Alldrick & Alexandre Nikolaev - 2024 - Cognitive Linguistics 35 (2):177-219.
    This article approaches defective and overabundant paradigm cells as an opportunity and pitfall for usage-based linguistics. Through reference to two production tasks involving native speakers of Czech, we show how definitions of these two categories are problematized when multiple forms per context are entrenched, or when pre-emption seems to occur in the absence of entrenchment: in other words, pre-emption occurs via entrenchment of uncertainty. We explain the results by adopting a broader, usage-based perspective. We examine the relationship between frequency (as (...)
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    Baseless derivation: the behavioural reality of derivational paradigms.Maria Copot & Olivier Bonami - 2024 - Cognitive Linguistics 35 (2):221-250.
    Standard accounts of derivational morphology assume that it is incremental: some words are formed on the basis of others, and each derivational family has a base from which all of the other words are derived. The importance of the base has been questioned by paradigmatic approaches to morphology, which posit that word systems are about multidirectional relationships between words and paradigm cells, in which no word has a privileged status. This paper seeks to test which of these two views makes (...)
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    The role of entrenchment and schematisation in the acquisition of rich verbal morphology.Gordana Hržica, Sara Košutar, Tomislava Bošnjak Botica & Petar Milin - 2024 - Cognitive Linguistics 35 (2):251-287.
    Entrenchment and schematisation are the two most important cognitive processes in language acquisition. In this article, the role of the two processes, operationalised by token and type frequency, in the production of overgeneralised verb forms in Croatian preschool children is investigated using a parental questionnaire and computational simulation of language acquisition. The participants of the questionnaire were parents of children aged 3;0–5;11 years (n = 174). The results showed that parents of most children (93 %) reported the parallel use of (...)
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    Cognitive approaches to uniformity and variability in morphology.Petar Milin, Neil Bermel & James P. Blevins - 2024 - Cognitive Linguistics 35 (2):167-176.
    This special issue of Cognitive Linguistics reexamines the notions of uniformity and variability within morphological systems from a cognitive linguistic standpoint. It challenges traditional perspectives that regard morphological variability as mere deviations from the norm, suggesting instead that such variability is systematic and shaped by external influences including language acquisition and processing constraints. The contributions in this issue promote a shift from isolated analysis to a holistic view of paradigms, classes, and systems, advocating for a framework where morphological structures are (...)
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    When life is no longer a journey: the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the metaphorical conceptualization of life among Hungarian adults – a representative survey.Réka Benczes, István Benczes, Bence Ságvári & Lilla Petronella Szabó - 2024 - Cognitive Linguistics 35 (1):143-165.
    There is ample research on how metaphors of life vary both cross-culturally and within culture, with age emerging as possibly the most significant variable with regard to the latter dimension. However, no representative research has yet been carried on whether variation can also occur across time. Our paper attempts to fill this gap in the literature by exploring whether a major crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, can induce variation in how life is metaphorically conceptualized throughout society. By drawing on (...)
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    The boundary-crossing constraint revisited: movement verbs across varieties of Spanish.Rosalía Calle Bocanegra - 2024 - Cognitive Linguistics 35 (1):35-66.
    Talmy divided the world’s languages according to how they express movement. Spanish, a verb-framed language, purportedly constrains the use of motion verbs expressing the manner of movement (such as roll) to contexts in which no spatial boundary is crossed. Previous research suggests that this constraint sometimes does not apply. We report the first large-scale investigation of the constraint and its modulating factors (movement direction, verb type, entering/exiting, Ground size, the preposition used) across different Spanish-speaking communities. A task with open-ended description (...)
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    Allostructions and stancetaking: a corpus study of the German discourse management constructions Wo/wenn wir gerade/schon dabei sind.Melitta Gillmann - 2024 - Cognitive Linguistics 35 (1):67-107.
    The paper reconciles the sociolinguistic concept of stance and stancetaking and Construction Grammar (CxG); it shows that overlapping allostructions may differ in terms of the stances they convey. Drawing on a corpus study of Wikipedia Talk pages, the paper presents a case study of German discourse management markers such as wo wir gerade dabei sind ‘speaking of which’ or wenn wir schon dabei sind ‘while we’re at it’. By statistically comparing the observed frequencies of the filler items with the expected (...)
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    Typological shift of Mandarin Chinese in terms of motion verb lexicalization pattern.Liu Linjun & He Yingxin - 2024 - Cognitive Linguistics 35 (1):1-33.
    Given the controversies over Mandarin Chinese in terms of Talmy’s bipartite language typology, this paper presents an exhaustive study of Chinese motion verbs collected from two authoritative dictionaries, namely, The Ancient Chinese Dictionary (2nd Edition) and The Contemporary Chinese Dictionary (7th Edition). An analysis of 662 motion verbs in ancient Chinese and 693 motion verbs in modern Chinese indicates that Mandarin Chinese has undergone a typological shift from verb-framed to satellite-framed as far as the lexicalization pattern is concerned. The typological (...)
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    Moving Figures and Grounds in music description.Phillip Wadley, Thora Tenbrink & Alan Wallington - 2024 - Cognitive Linguistics 35 (1):109-141.
    This paper is a systematic investigation of motion expressions in programmatic music description. To address issues with defining the Source MOTION and the Target MUSIC, we utilize Gestalt models (Figure-Ground and Source-Path-Goal) while also critically examining the ontological complexity of the Target MUSIC. We also investigate music motion descriptions considering the role of the describer’s perspective and communicative goals. As previous research has demonstrated, an attentional Goal-bias is common in physical motion description, yet this has been found also to lessen (...)
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