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BY-NC-ND 4.0 license Open Access Published by De Gruyter Mouton 2022

Through the Linguistic Silk Road

Yi Li and Weiwei Zhang


Cognitive Sociolinguistics, an enterprise that emerged from the West end of Eurasia, has been enjoying increasing popularity in China. With its commitment to converge Cognitive Linguistics and sociolinguistics, this field has been providing studies of Chinese linguistics with theoretical and methodological inspirations. Chinese Linguistics, in turn, has also advanced Cognitive Sociolinguistics with many of its novel findings. This exchange not only helped bring previously isolated domains of Chinese Linguistics together into a more integrated framework, but also expanded the horizon of CS whose previous focus was mainly restricted to Indo-European data. The review takes stock of these advances along three dimensions of Cognitive Sociolinguistics (i.e., lexical-semantic, constructional, and attitudinal/acquisitional variation) in the context of Chinese linguistics, and discusses future research trajectories along which the exchange between the two fields can further benefit each other.

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