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date: 15 May 2021

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Cognitive linguistics is a modern school of linguistic thought and practice concerned with investigating the relationships among human language, the mind, and sociophysical (embodied) experience. This chapter presents and evaluates its two primary, theoretical commitments—the generalization commitment and the cognitive commitment—as well as the five theses arising from these that guide cognitive linguistics research: the thesis of embodied cognition; the thesis of encyclopaedic semantics; the symbolic thesis; the thesis that meaning is conceptualization; and the usage-based thesis. The chapter then surveys some of the most influential theoretical approaches within cognitive linguistics, showing how they exemplify and realize the central theses of the cognitive linguistics enterprise.

Keywords: cognitive linguistics, generalization commitment, cognitive commitment, conceptual metaphor, blending, constructions, lexical semantics, meaning construction, conceptual structure, grammar

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