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How Language Makes Meaning

How Language Makes Meaning
Embodiment and Conjoined Antonymy


  • Publication planned for: November 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from November 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108421652

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  • Language's key function is to enable human social interaction, for which people are motivated to engage by powerful brain mechanisms. This book integrates recent work on embodied simulations, traditional meaning-making processes and a myriad of semantic and other meaning contributors to formulate a new model of how language functions following a pattern of conjoined antonymy. It investigates how embodied simulations,semantic information, deviation, omission, indirectness, figurativity, language play, and other processes leverage rich meaning from only a few words by using inherently biological, cognitive and social frameworks. The interaction of these meaning-making components of language is described and a language-functioning model based on recent neuroscientific research is laid out to allow for a more complete understanding of how language operates.

    • Provides a new embodied and social framework for how language functions
    • Enables a better understanding of how all the meaning-making components of language interact
    • Integrates the language-functioning model with recent neuroscientific research
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    • Publication planned for: November 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108421652
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from November 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. The coin toss
    2. Deviance
    3. Omission
    4. Imprecision
    5. Indirectness
    6. Figurativeness
    7. Language play
    8. The social media
    9. The art of language
    10. The end game
    Epilogue: a clearing revealing an eclipse

  • Author

    Herbert L. Colston, University of Alberta
    Herbert L. Colston is Professor and Chair for the Department of Linguistics at the University of Alberta, Canada.

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