NOT Feeling Productive Today
There is something of a theme in my mind here, but I am not promising to get to the point real soon, but I am hoping to.
In any event, consider the following on the subject of: Cognitive linguistics.
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List of linguists
Cognitive linguistics is a school of linguistics and cognitive science, which aims to provide accounts of language that mesh well with current understandings of the human mind, and is generally opposed to the more syntactocentric approaches to meaning in generative linguistics. Cognitive Linguistics is divided into two main areas of study: cognitive semantics, dealing mainly with lexical semantics, and cognitive approaches to grammar, dealing mainly with syntax, morphology and other traditionally more grammar-oriented areas. The two areas are going through a reunification these days, as cognitive linguists realize that you cannot look at one without the other. The guiding principle behind this area of linguistics is that language use must be explained with reference to underlying mental processes that apply not only to language but to many other aspects of human cognition.
Aspects of cognition that are of interest to cognitive linguists include:
Construction grammar and cognitive grammar.
Conceptual metaphor and conceptual blending.
Conceptual organization: Categorization, Metonymy, Image schemas, Frame semantics, Iconicity, and Force Dynamics.
Construal and Subjectivity.
Gesture and sign language.
Related work that interfaces with many of the above themes:
Computational models of metaphor and language acquisition.
Conceptual semantics, pursued by generative linguist Ray Jackendoff is related because of its active psychological realism and the incorporation of prototype structure and images.
Cognitive linguistics, more than generative linguistics, seek to mesh together these findings into a coherent whole. A further complication arises because the terminology of cognitive linguistics is not entirely stable, both because it is a relatively new field and because it interfaces with a number of other disciplines.
Yes my plan is to make some anaylitical point getting back to the mad mad world of American Politics and the (so called) Political Divide and Culture War.