Ten Lectures on Cognitive Evolutionary Linguistics (Distinguished Lectures in Cognitive Linguistics #24) (Hardcover)

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In these lectures, Arie Verhagen presents a version of cognitive linguistics that adheres to both the generalization and cognitive commitments that characterized the field from the start, and a biological commitment: understanding language as adaptive behavior of (human) organisms in the niche(s) that they inhabit. Drawing on the model of biological explanation ("Tinbergen's four why's"), Verhagen shows how proximate (individual level) and ultimate (population level) explanations apply to several features of language, shedding new light on basic notions like conventionality and entrenchment, norms/rules and habits, etc., and their causal connections. Topics include the relation between language, culture, and thinking, the role of language in social cognition and narrative, the evolution of sound structure and grammar, semantic change, and more.

About the Author


Arie Verhagen, Ph.D. (1986), Free University at Amsterdam, is emeritus professor of Dutch Linguistics and of Language, Culture, and Cognition at Leiden University. He has published several books and articles in Dutch and internationally, including Constructions of Intersubjectivity (OUP, 2005).
Product Details
ISBN: 9789004422346
ISBN-10: 900442234X
Publisher: Brill
Publication Date: April 30th, 2021
Pages: 230
Language: English
Series: Distinguished Lectures in Cognitive Linguistics