1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics

Edited By Wen Xu, John R. Taylor Copyright 2021
    792 Pages 76 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    792 Pages 76 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics provides a comprehensive introduction and essential reference work to cognitive linguistics. It encompasses a wide range of perspectives and approaches, covering all the key areas of cognitive linguistics and drawing on interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research in pragmatics, discourse analysis, biolinguistics, ecolinguistics, evolutionary linguistics, neuroscience, language pedagogy, and translation studies.

    The forty-three chapters, written by international specialists in the field, cover four major areas:

    • Basic theories and hypotheses, including cognitive semantics, cognitive grammar, construction grammar, frame semantics, natural semantic metalanguage, and word grammar;

    • Central topics, including embodiment, image schemas, categorization, metaphor and metonymy, construal, iconicity, motivation, constructionalization, intersubjectivity, grounding, multimodality, cognitive pragmatics, cognitive poetics, humor, and linguistic synaesthesia, among others;

    • Interfaces between cognitive linguistics and other areas of linguistic study, including cultural linguistics, linguistic typology, figurative language, signed languages, gesture, language acquisition and pedagogy, translation studies, and digital lexicography;

    • New directions in cognitive linguistics, demonstrating the relevance of the approach to social, diachronic, neuroscientific, biological, ecological, multimodal, and quantitative studies.

    The Routledge Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics is an indispensable resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students, and for all researchers working in this area.

    The Routledge Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics


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    Cognitive linguistics: Retrospect and prospect

    Xu Wen and John R. Taylor

    Part I

    Basic theories and hypotheses

    1 Cognitive semantics

    Dirk Geeraerts

    2 Cognitive grammar

    Cristiano Broccias

    3 Construction grammar and frame semantics

    Hans C. Boas

    4 Multimodal construction grammar: From multimodal constructs to multimodal constructions

    Thomas Hoffman

    5 Natural semantic metalanguage

    Cliff Goddard

    6 Word grammar

    Richard Hudson

    7 The creativity of negation

    Rachel Gioral

    Part II

    Central topics in cognitive linguistics

    8 Embodiment

    Xu Wen and Canzhong Jiang

    9 Image schemas

    Dennis Tay

    10 Categorization

    Xu Wen and Zhengling Fu

    11 Standard and extended conceptual metaphor theory

    Zoltan Kövecses

    12 Conceptual Metonymy Theory revisited: some definitional and taxonomic issues

    Ruiz de Mendoza

    13 Force Dynamics

    Walter De Mulder

    14 Construal

    Zeki Hamawand

    15 Concepts and conceptualization

    Canzhong Jiang and Kun Yang

    16 Iconicity

    Günter Radden

    17 Motivation

    Klaus-Uwe Panther

    18 Grammaticalization, lexicalization, and constructionalization

    Renata Enghels

    19 Intersubjectivity and intersubjectification

    Lieselotte Brems

    20 Grounding

    Frank Brisard

    21 Humor and cognitive linguistics

    Salvatore Attardo

    22 Linguistic synaesthesia

    Francesca Strik Lievers, Chu-Ren Huang and Jiajuan Xiong

    Part III

    Interface between cognitive linguistics and other fields or disciplines

    23 Culture in language and cognition

    Chris Sinha

    24 Cognitive linguistics and figurative language

    Herbert L. Colston

    25 Qualifying conceptualizations

    Jan Nuyts

    26 Cognitive pragmatics

    Marco Mazzone

    27 Cognitive poetics and the problem of metaphor

    Jeroen Vandaele


    28 Cognitive linguistics and discourse studies

    Ulrike Schröder

    29 Signed languages and cognitive linguistics

    Sherman Wilcox and Rocío Martínez

    30 Cognitive linguistics and gesture

    Julius Hassemer and Vito Evola

    31 Cognitive linguistics and translation studies

    Kairong Xiao

    32 Cognitive linguistics and language pedagogy

    Dilin Liu and Tzung-Hung Tsai

    33 Cognitive linguistics and second language acquisition

    Han Luo

    34 Cognitive linguistics and digital lexicography

    Esra' Moustafa Abdelzaher

    35 Cognitive linguistics and phytonymic lexicon

    Nataliya Panasenko

    36 Cognitive linguistics and proverbs

    Sadia Belkhir

    Part IV

    New directions in cognitive linguistics

    37 Cognitive neuroscience of language

    Rutvik H. Desai and Nicholas Riccardi

    38 Cognitive linguistics and language evolution

    Gábor Győri

    39 Diachronic construction grammar

    Dirk Noël and Timothy Colleman

    40 Multimodality

    Charles J. Forceville

    41 Foundational Issues in Biolinguistics

    Kleanthes K. Grohmann and Maria Kambanaros

    42 Thinking on behalf of the world: Radical embodied ecolinguistics

    Sune Vork Steffensen and Stephen J. Cowley

    43 Cognitive linguistics and linguistic typology

    Yuzhi Shi



    Xu Wen is Professor of Linguistics and Dean of College of International Studies at Southwest University, China.

    John R. Taylor was senior lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Otago, New Zealand.

    With its cutting-edge ideas and insightful guidance, RHCL is surely an important resource and inspiring reference for students and researchers at various levels in cognitive linguistics and other related fields.

    - Shujun Han and Keding Zhang, Henan University of Animal Husbandry and Economy, Henan University