Cognitive semantics:

Meaning and conceptual structures

Based on findings in cognitive psychology, cognitive semantics started to develop in the 1980s. In contrast to structural semantics, it explains meaning primarily in terms of categorization, i.e. it assumes that meaning is linked to the way we group all kinds of perceptions into conceptual categories. Thus, language and cognition are considered to be inseparable: the structure of linguistic categories is assumed to reflect the structure of conceptual categories. Based on this central assumption, cognitive semantics tries to synthesize the traditional theories of both word and sentence meaning by examining categorisation and conceptualisation.

For more information and exercises on cognitive approaches, please consult the module in the Selected Subfields section!

Lexical word structure II
Context-sensitive lexical structure II (advanced)

Exercises on cognitive semantics

Language and the brain
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