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Cognitive Space and Linguistic Case

Cognitive Space and Linguistic Case
Semantic and Syntactic Categories in English

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Part of Studies in English Language

  • Date Published: June 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521434362

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  • This study sheds new light on the complex relationship between cognitive and linguistic categories. Challenging the view of cases as categories in cognitive space, Schlesinger proposes a new understanding of the concept of case. Drawing on evidence from psycholinguistic research and English language data, he argues that case categories are in fact composed of more primitive cognitive notions: features and dimensions. These are registered in the lexical entries of individual verbs, thereby allowing certain metaphorical extensions. This new approach to case permits better descriptions of certain syntactic phenomena than has hitherto been possible, as Schlesinger illustrates through the analysis of the feature compositions of three cases.

    • Alternative approach to the understanding of 'case', with important implications for description of certain syntactic phenomena
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    "Schlesinger's point is well argued, well supported, and well taken. Cognitive Space and Linguistic Case advances the field toward explicating an area that has been particularly problematic." Michael Spivey-Knowlton, Contemporary Psychology

    "...sheds new light on the complex relationship between cognition and linguistic categories....This new approach to case permits better descriptions of certain syntactic phenomena than has hitherto been possible." International Journal of Psychology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 1995
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521434362
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 159 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • contains: 31 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Cognitive space
    2. Agent and subject
    3. The comitative
    4. Non-comitative instruments
    5. Predicates
    6. The attributee
    7. Mental verbs
    8. Objects
    9. Verb classes and agents
    10. Retrospect and prospects

  • Author

    Izchak M. Schlesinger, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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