Idealized Cognitive Models and Other Mental Representations.
In: Bulgarian Studies in the Philosophy of Science. Ed. by D. Ginev. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2003, pp. 129-140. ISBN 1-4020-1496-1
The paper focuses on the realist and conceptualist view in science and, more specifically, on the relation thought – language – reality, as seen by proponents of cognitive linguistics and philosophy of language. According to the proponents of cognitive linguistics, thinking is mostly metaphorical, in other words, metaphor is not a linguistic phenomenon. A thought – a configuration of concepts within the cognitive linguistic paradigm – is also dependent on primitive cognitive schemas or concepts, taken a priori, such as PART-WHOLE, CENTER-PERIPHERY, SOURCE-TRAGECTOR-GOAL, etc. that are projected onto syntax. Since in cognitive linguistics the basic unit of analysis are concepts or categories and not propositions as in philosophy of language, the author posits the view that the cognitive linguistic paradigm cannot explicate those semantic and pragmatic inference in natural language that are language motivated or how one proposition entails or follows from another and inferential processes, as is well-known, are basic both for philosophy of language and pragmatics.
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idealized cognitive models, realist and cognitivist approach in science, semantic and pragmatic inference
Language, Linguistics, Literature and Theory of Literature