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The scientific study of human language.

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encyclopedic knowledge

Language; Linguistics

The structured body of nonlinguistic knowledge to which a linguistic unit such as a word potentially provides access. Encyclopedic knowledge is modeled in terms of a number of constructs including ...

encyclopedic semantics

Language; Linguistics

The general approach to linguistic semantics adopted in cognitive semantics. There are five key assumptions which comprise this perspective. Firstly, There is no principled distinction between ...


Language; Linguistics

The establishment of a linguistic unit as a cognitive pattern or routine in the mind of an individual language user. The greater the frequency of the linguistic unit in the language input the more ...

event space

Language; Linguistics

The mental space which encodes the time reference currently in focus in discourse. Normally the event space and the focus space coincide. However, sometimes an event space can be built with respect ...

event structure metaphor

Language; Linguistics

A series of metaphors that often interact in the interpretation of utterances. The individual metaphors that make up the Event Structure Metaphor, together with linguistic examples, are shown in ...


Language; Linguistics

A grammatical operation in which an unbounded mass entity is converted into a countable entity by virtue of a portion of the mass being ‘excerpted’. For instance in the following: # It is time to ...

exclusionary fallacy

Language; Linguistics

According to Ronald Langacker , a fallacy in which linguists reason that one analysis or explanation for a given linguistic phenomenon necessarily excludes another. One version of the exclusionary ...

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