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Volume 27, Issue 4


What corpus-based Cognitive Linguistics can and cannot expect from neurolinguistics

Alice Blumenthal-Dramé
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Published Online: 2016-09-24 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/cog-2016-0062


This paper argues that neurolinguistics has the potential to yield insights that can feed back into corpus-based Cognitive Linguistics. It starts by discussing how far the cognitive realism of probabilistic statements derived from corpus data currently goes. Against this background, it argues that the cognitive realism of usage-based models could be further enhanced through deeper engagement with neurolinguistics, but also highlights a number of common misconceptions about what neurolinguistics can and cannot do for linguistic theorizing.

Keywords: corpus-based Cognitive Linguistics; neurolinguistics; cognitive realism; levels of analysis


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About the article

Received: 2016-05-28

Revised: 2016-08-25

Accepted: 2016-08-25

Published Online: 2016-09-24

Published in Print: 2016-11-01

Citation Information: Cognitive Linguistics, Volume 27, Issue 4, Pages 493–505, ISSN (Online) 1613-3641, ISSN (Print) 0936-5907, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/cog-2016-0062.

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