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Hardcover | Out of Print | 573 pp. | 7 x 9 in | September 2000 | ISBN: 9780262201209
Paperback | $47.00 Short | £39.95 | 573 pp. | 7 x 9 in | January 2003 | ISBN: 9780262700962

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Toward a Cognitive Semantics, Volume 1

Concept Structuring Systems

Overview

One of a two-volume set defining the field of cognitive semantics. Leonard Talmy approaches the question of how language organizes conceptual material both at a general level and by analyzing a crucial set of particular conceptual domains: space and time, motion and location, causation and force interaction, and attention and viewpoint. Talmy maintains that these are among the most fundamental parameters by which language structures conception. By combining these conceptual domains into an integrated whole, Talmy shows, we advance our understanding of the overall conceptual and semantic structure of natural language. Volume one examines the fundamental systems by which language shapes concepts.

About the Author

Leonard Talmy is Director of the Center for Cognitive

Science and Professor of Linguistics at the State

University of New York at Buffalo.

Endorsements

“At last we have all these classic papers in one place! This collection finally makes it possible to appreciate the full scope and originality of Talmy's pioneering work in cognitive linguistics.”
Ray Jackendoff, Professor of Linguistics, Brandeis University