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Cognitive Corpus Linguistics: Five points of debate on current theory and methodology

  • Within cognitive linguistics, there is an increasing awareness that the study of linguistic phenomena needs to be grounded in usage. Ideally, research in cognitive linguistics should be based on authentic language use, its results should be replicable, and its claims falsifiable. Consequently, more and more studies now turn to corpora as a source of data. While corpus-based methodologies have increased in sophistication, the use of corpus data is also associated with a number of unresolved problems. The study of cognition through off-line linguistic data is, arguably, indirect, even if such data fulfils desirable qualities such as being natural, representative and plentiful. Several topics in this context stand out as particularly pressing issues. This discussion note addresses (1) converging evidence from corpora and experimentation, (2) whether corpora mirror psychological reality, (3) the theoretical value of corpus linguistic studies of ‘alternations’, (4) the relation of corpus linguistics and grammaticality judgments, and, lastly, (5) the nature of explanations in cognitive corpus linguistics. We do not claim to resolve these issues nor to cover all possible angles; instead, we strongly encourage reactions and further discussion.

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Author:Arne Zeschel, Antti Arppe, Gaëtanelle Gilquin, Dylan Glynn, Martin Hilpert
Parent Title (English):Corpora
Publisher:Edinburgh University Press
Place of publication:Edinburgh
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2010
Date of Publication (online):2017/10/06
GND Keyword:Kognitive Linguistik; Korpus <Linguistik>; Methodologie; Statistische Linguistik
First Page:1
Last Page:27
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Open Access?:ja
BDSL-Classification:Sprache im 20. Jahrhundert. Gegenwartssprache
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt