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date: 25 January 2020

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Cognitive linguistics has a long past and a short history. This article examines a number of aspects of the long past of cognitive linguistics. Specifically, it argues that the understanding that cognitive linguistics has of its own past is not in all respects optimal: on the one hand, the article points to forerunners that have hardly been recognized as such; on the other, it emphasizes that some of the theoreticians that served as a negative reference point for cognitive linguistics were actually closer to the cognitive approach than can be derived from the discussions. It concentrates on the history of linguistics only, with an occasional excursion to the history of philosophy. After briefly describing the internal history of cognitive linguistics, the article discusses three topic areas of specific importance for cognitive linguistics: polysemy, metaphor, and metonymy; the embodiment of cognition; and the gestalt psychology underlying linguistics.

Keywords: cognitive linguistics, history, linguistics, philosophy, polysemy, metaphor, metonymy, cognition, gestalt psychology, embodiment

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