Cognitive Linguistics and Second Language Learning: by Andrea Tyler

By Andrea Tyler

This publication illustrates the ways in which cognitive linguistics, a comparatively new paradigm in language stories, can light up and facilitate language study and instructing. the 1st a part of the e-book introduces the fundamentals of cognitive linguistic thought in a fashion that's aimed at moment language academics and researchers. the second one a part of the e-book presents experimental facts of the usefulness of utilising cognitive linguistics to the instructing of English. incorporated is a radical evaluation of the prevailing literature on cognitive linguistic functions to educating and cognitive linguistic-based experiments. 3 chapters file unique experiments which specialize in educating modals, prepositions and syntactic buildings, components of English that newbies are likely to locate hard. A bankruptcy on “future instructions” studies on an leading edge research of English conditionals. Pedagogical aids akin to diagrams and pattern routines around out this pioneering and cutting edge textual content.

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Clause-level constructions (like simple locatives, datives and passives) serve as a “zoom lens”2 for the speaker to help guide the listener’s attention to particular elements in a scene while backgrounding other elements” (Ellis & Cadierno, 2009, p. 123). g. Bresnan & Nikitina, 2003; Erteschik-Shir, 1979; Ward & Birner, 2001). In this case, if the speaker wants to signal that the focus of the utterance is on who is receiving the sweater, the typical choice would be the prepositional to pattern, which places the receiver in sentence final position.

308). 3 Moreover, the interpretative ground in the preceding discourse “makes explicit the inference concerning the target domain before the introduction of the source domain of the metaphor” (Moder, 2008, p. 308). In contrast, conventional metaphors often do not follow the X is a Y form. In addition, the inferences prompted by conventional metaphors are not typically supported by discourse context in the explicit manner found with novel metaphors, presumably because the speaker assumes that the listener can readily create the intended inferences associated with familiar metaphors.

Cognitive linguists have articulated a number of ways humans can switch construals or perspectives on a scene. Langacker (1987, 1991a) argues that default scene-setting involves a perspective in which the speaker is “off-stage” and viewing the scene. However, humans also conceptualize scenes in which the viewer is on stage. Switching from off-stage to on-stage clearly provides important shifts in perspective which in turn can result in different effects on the viewer. These shifts in perspective are, in turn, reflected in language.

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