DozentIn: Tonia Anni Sperling, M.A.
Zeiten: Do. 14:00 - 16:00 (wöchentlich)
Beschreibung: While in traditional linguistics, grammar is often referred to as a fixed set of rules or an arbitrary system of forms and norms, one of the basic assumptions in cognitive linguistic is that “grammar is meaningful” (Langacker 2008:3).
According to this view, grammar is understood to reflect fundamental cognitive mechanisms which are deeply rooted in human perception and action. Thus grammatical constructions are highly influenced by the speakers use of and need for language.
This seminar aims at introducing the basic principles of cognitive grammar as well as the underlying cognitive processes such as blending and conceptual mapping that are involved in understanding linguistic expressions as meaningful units.
Our basic reading will be "Cognitive Grammar – a basic introduction" by Ronald Langacker that provides a comprehensible overview about the topic.
This seminar is designed for 4LP students only. Students who need to complete 2LP for the V2 module may register for Prof. Bergs "History of English" lecture. Only under certain circumstances, such as a particular interest in the topic or a provable scheduling conflict, you may approach me about completing this class for 2LP.
It is highly recommended to purchase the book: Langacker, Ronald. 2008. Cognitive Grammar – A basic Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press.