The Routledge Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics provides a comprehensive introduction and essential reference work to cognitive linguistics. It encompasses a wide range of perspectives and approaches, covering all the key areas of cognitive linguistics and drawing on interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research in pragmatics, discourse analysis, biolinguistics, ecolinguistics, evolutionary linguistics, neuroscience, language pedagogy, and translation studies.

The forty-three chapters, written by international specialists in the field, cover four major areas:

• Basic theories and hypotheses, including cognitive semantics, cognitive grammar, construction grammar, frame semantics, natural semantic metalanguage, and word grammar;

• Central topics, including embodiment, image schemas, categorization, metaphor and metonymy, construal, iconicity, motivation, constructionalization, intersubjectivity, grounding, multimodality, cognitive pragmatics, cognitive poetics, humor, and linguistic synaesthesia, among others;

• Interfaces between cognitive linguistics and other areas of linguistic study, including cultural linguistics, linguistic typology, figurative language, signed languages, gesture, language acquisition and pedagogy, translation studies, and digital lexicography;

• New directions in cognitive linguistics, demonstrating the relevance of the approach to social, diachronic, neuroscientific, biological, ecological, multimodal, and quantitative studies.

The Routledge Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics is an indispensable resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students, and for all researchers working in this area.

The Routledge Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics


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Cognitive linguistics: Retrospect and prospect

Xu Wen and John R. Taylor

Part I

Basic theories and hypotheses

1 Cognitive semantics

Dirk Geeraerts

2 Cognitive grammar

Cristiano Broccias

3 Construction grammar and frame semantics

Hans C. Boas

4 Multimodal construction grammar: From multimodal constructs to multimodal constructions

Thomas Hoffman

5 Natural semantic metalanguage

Cliff Goddard

6 Word grammar

Richard Hudson

7 The creativity of negation

Rachel Gioral

Part II

Central topics in cognitive linguistics

8 Embodiment

Xu Wen and Canzhong Jiang

9 Image schemas

Dennis Tay

10 Categorization

Xu Wen and Zhengling Fu

11 Standard and extended conceptual metaphor theory

Zoltan Kövecses

12 Conceptual Metonymy Theory revisited: some definitional and taxonomic issues

Ruiz de Mendoza

13 Force Dynamics

Walter De Mulder

14 Construal

Zeki Hamawand

15 Concepts and conceptualization

Canzhong Jiang and Kun Yang

16 Iconicity

Günter Radden

17 Motivation

Klaus-Uwe Panther

18 Grammaticalization, lexicalization, and constructionalization

Renata Enghels

19 Intersubjectivity and intersubjectification

Lieselotte Brems

20 Grounding

Frank Brisard

21 Humor and cognitive linguistics

Salvatore Attardo

22 Linguistic synaesthesia

Francesca Strik Lievers, Chu-Ren Huang and Jiajuan Xiong

Part III

Interface between cognitive linguistics and other fields or disciplines

23 Culture in language and cognition

Chris Sinha

24 Cognitive linguistics and figurative language

Herbert L. Colston

25 Qualifying conceptualizations

Jan Nuyts

26 Cognitive pragmatics

Marco Mazzone

27 Cognitive poetics and the problem of metaphor

Jeroen Vandaele


28 Cognitive linguistics and discourse studies

Ulrike Schröder

29 Signed languages and cognitive linguistics

Sherman Wilcox and Rocío Martínez

30 Cognitive linguistics and gesture

Julius Hassemer and Vito Evola

31 Cognitive linguistics and translation studies

Kairong Xiao

32 Cognitive linguistics and language pedagogy

Dilin Liu and Tzung-Hung Tsai

33 Cognitive linguistics and second language acquisition

Han Luo

34 Cognitive linguistics and digital lexicography

Esra' Moustafa Abdelzaher

35 Cognitive linguistics and phytonymic lexicon

Nataliya Panasenko

36 Cognitive linguistics and proverbs

Sadia Belkhir

Part IV

New directions in cognitive linguistics

37 Cognitive neuroscience of language

Rutvik H. Desai and Nicholas Riccardi

38 Cognitive linguistics and language evolution

Gábor Győri

39 Diachronic construction grammar

Dirk Noël and Timothy Colleman

40 Multimodality

Charles J. Forceville

41 Foundational Issues in Biolinguistics

Kleanthes K. Grohmann and Maria Kambanaros

42 Thinking on behalf of the world: Radical embodied ecolinguistics

Sune Vork Steffensen and Stephen J. Cowley

43 Cognitive linguistics and linguistic typology

Yuzhi Shi