Cognitive Linguistics in Lakoff & Johnson's Writings
WANG Yin ( Foreign Languages College, Suzhou University, Suzhou 215006, China )
Recently, cognitive linguistics at home and abroad has developed so rapidly that it has begun to gain a dominant position in linguistic theory. Since there are many views and differences within cognitive linguistics, some linguists in China introduced its experiential view, while others its rational views. Lakoff and Johnson made a clear distinction between the First-generation Cognitive Science and the Second-generation Cognitive Science, and put forward a brand-new theory in their works Philosophy in the Flesh — The Embodied Mind and its Challenge to Western Thought. On the basis of this theory, they expounded some fundamental ideas on cognitive linguistics, including cognitive semantics, cognitive grammar, the lexicon, the language capacity, universals and innateness. This paper is a summary of these ideas after my personal interview with Prof. Lakoff and my reading of the book.
【CateGory Index】： H0