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Metonymies in Sociocognitive Linguistics – a Plea for “Normal Science”

Arie Verhagen


This contribution assesses the degree of progress in the theoretical understanding of the relationship between linguistic phenomena at the community and the individual level since Geeraerts et al. (2010). The method is semantic analysis of some crucial theoretical terms, in order to establish to what degree there is consensus in the community of usage-based linguists on the precise sense of these terms. A comparison is made with recent publications, in particular a special issue of Cognitive Linguistics 31 (2020) and several references cited there. The main conclusion is that, while there has been real progress, it has not yet been radical enough to warrant the claim that sociocognitive linguistics by now has the character of a “normal science”. A conceptual framework, inspired by behavioral biology, is presented that can serve as a basis for consensus on the precise meanings of basic terms.

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