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The generality of cognitive grammar

by Shen Jiaxuan p.29  
Three case studies conducted by the author are discussed to illustrate the generality commitment of Cognitive Linguistics. The first study demonstrates that the opposition between “bounded” and “unbounded” concepts exists in parallel in the domains of space, time, and property. This opposition provides a general explanation to the constraints of numerals imposed on verb_object constructions and attributive_noun constructions in Chinese. In the second study an idealized cognitive model about quantity scale explains in a unified way the performance of polarity words at different levels. It demonstrates that the boundaries defining syntax, semantics and pragmatics can be neglected in offering a convincing interpretation for grammatical phenomena. The third study pertains to two types of constructions in Chinese, the zai_construction of locating and the gei_construction of giving, which were considered irrelevant to each other. The syntactic similarities and differences between them are explicated on the basis of four general cognitive principles underlying the formation of constructions.
【CateGory Index】: H0-06
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