From the point of view of psychology and cognitive science, much of modern linguistics is too formal and mathematical to be of much use. The New Psychology of Language volumes broke new ground by introducing functional and cognitive approaches to language structure in terms already familiar to psychologists, thus defining the next era in the scientific study of language.
The Classic Edition volumes re-introduce some of the most important cognitive and functional linguists working in the field. They include a new introduction by Michael Tomasello in which he reviews what has changed since the volumes were first published and highlights the fundamental insights of the original authors. The New Psychology of Language volumes are a must-read for anyone interested in understanding how cognitive and functional linguistics has become the thriving perspective on the scientific study of language that it is today.
Table of Contents
Introduction to the Classic Edition, M. Tomasello
Introduction: Some Surprises for Psychologists, M. Tomasello
- Concept Structuring Systems in Language, L. Talmy
- Discourse and Grammar, J.W. Du Bois
- Human Cognition and the Elaboration of Events: Some Universal Conceptual Categories, S. Kemmer
- Social Interaction and Grammar, C.E. Ford, B.A. Fox, S.A. Thompson
- Cognitive Processes in Grammaticalization, J. Bybee
- Pronouns and Point of View: Cognitive Principles of Coreference, K. van Hoek
- On Explaining Language Universals, B. Comrie
- The Geometry of Grammatical Meaning: Semantic Maps and Cross-Linguistic Comparison, M. Haspelmath
- Regularity and Idiomaticity in Grammatical Constructions: The Case ofLet Alone, C.J. Fillmore, P. Kay, M.C. O'Connor
Michael Tomasello is Co-Director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany. His research interests focus on processes of social cognition, social learning, and communication/language in human children and great apes. Books include First Verbs (Cambridge University Press, 1992), Primate Cognition (Oxford University Press, 1997, with J. Call), The Cultural Origins of Human Cognition (Harvard University Press, 1999), Constructing a Language: A Usage-Based Theory of Language Acquisition (Harvard University Press, 2003), Origins of Human Communication (MIT Press, 2008), Why We Cooperate (MIT Press, 2009), and A Natural History of Human Thinking (Harvard University Press, 2014).