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.
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Exercises on cognitive semantics
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- Language and the brain