To give students an understanding of cognitive approaches to linguistics, including cognitive categorisation and embodiment. To introduce students to the major works in cognitive grammar, semantics, phonology and metaphor study. To provide the opportunity for students to analyse linguistic examples in terms of the theoretical perspectives introduced on the module. To encourage students to debate some of the contentious issues within cognitive linguistics, including the interaction of culture and cognition.
A Discuss the interaction between Language, language function, and the mind. B Critically evaluate the work of a range of cognitive theorists. C Analyse linguistic problems from a cognitive perspective. D Debate the issue of universalism vs. cultural conceptualisation.
Teaching will include interactive lectures and seminars.