Ten Lectures on Cognitive Linguistics presents ten lectures, in both audio and transcribed text, given by George Lakoff in Beijing in April 2004. Lakoff gives an account of the background of cognitive linguistics, and basic mechanisms of thought, grammar, neural theory of language, metaphor, implications for Philosophy, and political linguistics. He does so in a manner that is accessible for anyone, including undergraduate level students and a general audience. With the massive experience of being a linguist for over 50 years, and being one of the founding fathers of the field, George Lakoff is one of the best possible experts to introduce Cognitive Linguistics to anyone.
George Lakoff, Ph.D., 1966 (Indiana University), George Lakoff has retired as Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley. He is now Director of the Center for the Neural Mind & Society. His more than 50 years of research has contributed greatly to the establishment of Cognitive Linguistics as a new paradigm. George Lakoff wrote numerous seminal and path-breaking works among them
Metaphors We Live By (1980, with Mark Johnson), and recently, ten years after writing the definitive, international bestselling book on political debate and messaging, The All New Don't Think of an Elephant, Know Your Values and Frame the Debate.
Table of contents
Note on Supplementary MaterialPrefaceAbout the Author 1
Generative Semantics: The Background to Cognitive Linguistics 2
Cognitive Semantics: The Basic Mechanisms of Thought 3
Cognitive Semantics: The Basic Mechanisms of Thought 4
Cognitive Semantics: The Basic Mechanism of Thought 5
Constructions: The Structure of Grammar 6
The Neural Theory of Language 7
The Poetic Metaphor 8
The Implications for Philosophy: How Cognitive Linguistics Changes the Idea of What Philosophy Is 9
Political Linguistics: The Application of Cognitive Linguistics to Political Analysis in America 10
Summary and Overview: An Overall Picture of Cognitive Linguistics: What It Means and Where It Is GoingReferences Important Resources for Cognitive Linguistics