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By Andrea Tyler

This publication illustrates the ways in which cognitive linguistics, a comparatively new paradigm in language experiences, can light up and facilitate language study and instructing. the 1st a part of the publication introduces the fundamentals of cognitive linguistic conception in a fashion that's aimed toward moment language lecturers and researchers. the second one a part of the booklet presents experimental facts of the usefulness of utilising cognitive linguistics to the instructing of English. incorporated is a radical evaluate of the present literature on cognitive linguistic functions to instructing and cognitive linguistic-based experiments. 3 chapters document unique experiments which specialise in educating modals, prepositions and syntactic structures, parts of English that inexperienced persons are likely to locate not easy. A bankruptcy on “future instructions” experiences on an cutting edge research of English conditionals. Pedagogical aids similar to diagrams and pattern workouts around out this pioneering and leading edge textual content.

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The second part of this book examines a CL approach in the context of L2 research and learning. In Chapter 3 I take a closer look at research aimed at investigating the usefulness of a cognitive perspective for L2 research and learning. The chapter reviews select studies which illustrate the potential for application of five basic notions presented in Chapter 2 – construal, conceptual metaphor, category formation, embodiment and the usage-based nature of language. In addition, I discuss how a CL analysis relates to current issues in the field of L2 research and learning.

Support for this embodied view of meaning comes from researchers such as Gibbs (2006) who reports a series of studies that show that the same neural assemblies are activated when subjects hear verbs such as kick and grasp as are activated when the subject physically kicks or grasps something. Another important facet of mental imagery and spatial conceptualization involves humans’ ability to manipulate their perspective on a scene; that is, humans have the ability to view or construe a single scene from several perspectives.

2009) provide experimental evidence that “warmth may alter neural circuits controlling cognitive function and mood, including serotonic circuits, in addition to those directly involved in thermoregulatory cooling” (p. 392). A warm smile, a warm personality, the cold shoulder, froze him out are just a few examples of how this experiential correlation is reflected in the English language. After examining more than 20 languages, many of which are not historically related, 42 The Basics of Cognitive Linguistics Grady (1999) has argued that MORE IS UP, along with a dozen other primary metaphors, may be universal.

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