Cognitive Sociolinguistics

Social and cultural variation in cognition and language use

Martin Pütz | University of Koblenz-Landau
ORCID logoJustyna A. Robinson | University of Sussex
Monika Reif | University of Koblenz-Landau
ISBN 9789027202789 | EUR 85.00 | USD 128.00
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This volume is intended to be a contribution to the rapidly growing field of research into Cognitive Sociolinguistics which draws on the convergence of methods and theoretical frameworks typically associated with Cognitive Linguistics and Sociolinguistics. The papers in this volume, written by internationally renowned scholars in the fields of sociolinguistics (e.g. Labov) and cognitive sociolinguistics, seek to explore and systematize the key theoretical and epistemological bases for the emergence of this socio-cognitive paradigm. More specifically, the papers, originally published in Review of Cognitive Linguistics 10:2 (2012), focus on terms and concepts which are foundational to the discussion of Cognitive Sociolinguistics such as the role of cognition in the sociolinguistic enterprise; the social recontextualization of cognition; variability in cognitive systems; usage-based conceptions of language; pragmatic variation and cultural models of thought; cultural conceptualizations and lexicography as well as cognitive processing models and perceptual dialectology. All the papers are anchored in instrumental empirical data analysis.
The volume provides a welcome contribution to the field for anyone interested in Cognitive Linguistics and its new developments. The seven papers included in this book were originally presented at the 34th International LAUD Symposium on Cognitive Sociolinguistics, which took place in March 2010 at the University of Koblenz-Landau (Germany).
[Benjamins Current Topics, 59] 2014.  v, 214 pp.
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“Since their very inception, Cognitive Linguistics and Cognitive Grammar have explicitly recognized the fundamental role of social, cultural, and interactive factors. Yet because this recognition has been more a matter of principle than actual practice, the full potential for the mutual enrichment of descriptive-theoretical concerns on the one hand, and sociolinguistic investigation on the other hand, has only begun to be realized. This volume on Cognitive Sociolinguistics points the way toward their meaningful integration. The contributions combine a keen awareness of higher-level issues with the insight that only comes with immersion in the details of usage and variation. One can only be impressed by the quality of the research, the variety of questions addressed, and the range of empirical methods employed.”
“This fascinating collection shows cognitive linguistics gradually coming to terms with social aspects of cognition - how familiar cognitive processes such as categorization apply to the people and situations in which we interact, how variation and attitudes might be modelled cognitively, and how intimately the social context is embedded in our cognition for language and meaning. Indeed, Labov’s contribution argues that our ‘outwardly bound’ language learning capacity is programmed to be sensitive to such things. Hopefully, this collection will persuade other sociolinguists to explore a more cognitive orientation in their work too.”
“This collection contains important contributions in the new field of cognitive sociolinguistics, an interdisciplinary theory aimed at understanding cognitive, social and cultural constraints on linguistic variation. Moving beyond modularity to viewing language variation as an integrated part of general cognition provides a solid foundation for a fruitful new alliance between cognitive linguistics and sociolinguistics capable of achieving significant insights into language use and social meaning.”
Cognitive Sociolinguistics: Social and Cultural Variation in Cognition and Language Use should be a fascinating read for both cognitive linguists and sociolinguists along with anyone else who might be interested in the language-cognition-culturesociety intersection.”
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