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Title: Ontolinguistics: How Ontological Status Shapes the Linguistic Coding and Concepts
Contributor(s): Schalley, Andrea  (author); Zaefferer, D (author)
Publication Date: 2007
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Abstract: Current progress in linguistic theorizing is more and more informed by cross-linguistic investigation. Comparison of languages relies crucially on those concepts which are essentially the same across human minds, cultures, and languages, and which therefore can be activated through the use of any human language. These instances of mental universals join other less common concepts to constitute a complex structure in our minds, a network of cross-connected conceptualizations of the phenomena that make up our world. Following more and more widespread usage we call such a system of conceptualizations an 'ontology', and we submit that the most reliable basis for any cross-linguistic research lies in the common core of the different individual human ontologies. This is the basic tenet of all approaches that can properly be called ontology-based linguistics or 'ontolinguistics' for short.
Publication Type: Book
Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter
Place of Publication: Berlin, Germany
ISBN: 9783110189971
Field of Research (FOR): 200408 Linguistic Structures (incl Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics)
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Category Description: A3 Book - Edited
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Extent of Pages: 486
Series Name: Trends in linguistics. Studies and monographs
Series Number : 176
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