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Language and social cognition [electronic resource] : expression of the social mind / edited by Hanna Pishwa.

Publication:
Berlin ; New York : Mouton de Gruyter, c2009.
Series:
Trends in linguistics. Studies and monographs ; 206.
Trends in linguistics. Studies and monographs, 1861-4302 ; 206
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (482 p.)
Subjects:
Language and culture.
Sociolinguistics.
Social perception.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
In a collection of 16 papers, eminent scholars from several disciplines present diverse and yet cohering perspectives on the expression of social knowledge, its acquisition and management. Hence, the volume is an attempt to view the social functions of language in a novel, systematic way. Such an approach has been missing due to the complexity of the matter and the emphasis on purely cognitive properties of language. The volume starts with a presentation of overarching issues of the social nature of humans and their language, providing strong evidence for the social fundaments of human nature and their reflection in language and culture. The second section demonstrates how social functions can be displayed in discourse by using language play and humor, irony and attributions as well as references to social schemas. The chapters in the third part examine a wide range of particular linguistic elements carrying social-cognitive functions. An important finding is that social-cognitive functions have to be inferred on the basis of social knowledge, frequently with the help of non-verbal cues, since languages offer only few direct expressions for them. In other words, linguistic devices used to express social content tend to be multifunctional. Interestingly, this multifunctionality does not prevent their rapid recognition. The volume presents valuable information to linguists by widening the cognitive-linguistic framework and by contributing to a better understanding of the role of pragmatics. It is also beneficial to social and cognitive psychologists by offering a broader view on the encoding and decoding of social aspects. Finally, it offers a number of fruitful ideas to students of cultural and communication studies.
Contents:
Linguistic structures as cues for social-cognitive functions : introduction / Hanna Pishwa
Social cognition and language
The origin of the social approach in language and cognitive research exemplified by studies into the origin of language / Nathalie Gontier
Fused Bodies : sense-making as a phenomenon of interacting, knowledgeable, social bodies / Anders R. Hougaard and Gitte R. Hougaard
Supracultural models, universalism and relativism : the language of personhood in Chinese and American cultures / Jason D. Patent
The development of Turkish and Finnish words related to privacy / Mai Kuha and M. Ali Bolgün
On collective cognition and language / Farzad Sharifian
Social cognition and discourse
Conversational pragmatics and social cognition / Thomas Holtgraves and Blake M. Anderson
The creative construction of social orientation : Situated positioning with English as a lingua franca / Andreas Langlotz
Constructing knowledge schemas in the workplace : a microanalysis / Susan Bridges and Brendan Bartlett
Corporate self-presentation and self-centredness : a case for cognitive critical discourse analysis / Veronika Koller
Distributed cognition and play in the quest for the double helix / L. David Ritchie
Social aspects of verbal irony use / Roger J. Kreuz and Gina M. Caucci
Social cognitive functions of single structures
Attribution theories wired into linguistic categories / Klaus Fieder and Peter Freytag
Tuned to hidden messages : exploring recurrent word combinations in English / Rainer Schulze
Emotion talk and emotional talk : cognitive and discursive perspectives / Monika Bednarek
From motion to emotion to interpersonal function : the case of fear predicates / Eliza Kitis
Metaphor in mental representations of space, time and society: the cognitive linguistics approach / Paul Chilton.
Notes:
Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contributor:
Pishwa, Hanna.
ISBN:
1-282-29656-6
9786612296567
3-11-021608-6
OCLC:
593231739
Publisher Number:
10.1515/9783110216080 doi
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