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A Cognitive Approach to Semantics

Publication: Analele Universității „Alexandru Ioan Cuza” din Iași. Secțiunea IIIe. Lingvistică, LVI, Section Perspective teoretice actuale, p. 77-86
Publisher:Editura Universităţii „Alexandru Ioan Cuza”
Abstract:Most significant semantic theories of the last century propose a distinction between meaning in the language and the meaning that relates language to something outside: signifier and signified, denotation and connotation… Like cognitive linguistics in general, semantics has always focused on the patterns in which conceptual content is structured or organized in language.
Cognitive semantics (a redundant concept, in fact, since all semantics is cognitive) centers on content expressed in consciousness and in phenomenology- employing methods like introspection, as words differ in their access to consciousness; abstraction and comparison meant to reveal both the conscious contents and the less conscious aspects of semantic structure.
Key words:cognitive; semantics; image schema; concept; metaphor
Language: English

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165George Lakoff, Mark JohnsonMetaphors we live byThe University of Chicago Press1980; 2003html

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