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Volume 27, Issue 4


Typology and the future of Cognitive Linguistics

William Croft
Published Online: 2016-10-13 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/cog-2016-0056


The relationship between typology and Cognitive Linguistics was first posed in the 1980s, in terms of the relationship between Greenbergian universals and the knowledge of the individual speaker. An answer to this question emerges from understanding the role of linguistic variation in language, from occasions of language use to typological diversity. This in turn requires the contribution of discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, and evolutionary historical linguistics as well as typology and Cognitive Linguistics. While Cognitive Linguistics is part of this enterprise, a theory of language that integrates all of these approaches is necessary.

Keywords: typology; Cognitive Linguistics; variation; verbalization; sociolinguistics


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About the article

Received: 2016-05-20

Revised: 2016-08-12

Accepted: 2016-08-19

Published Online: 2016-10-13

Published in Print: 2016-11-01

Citation Information: Cognitive Linguistics, Volume 27, Issue 4, Pages 587–602, ISSN (Online) 1613-3641, ISSN (Print) 0936-5907, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/cog-2016-0056.

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