English linguistics (2011/2012)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Marta Degani
Marta Degani
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
II semestre dal Feb 27, 2012 al May 26, 2012.

Lesson timetable

II semestre
Day Time Type Place Note
Wednesday 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM lesson Lecture Hall T.7  
Thursday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM lesson Lecture Hall T.7  

Learning outcomes

The course is aimed at providing a solid methodology and a sound theorethical background for the study of language from the perspective of cognitive linguistics. To reach this aim, students will be introduced to a range of different topics in cognitive linguistics, and they will be given the opportunity to apply this knowledge to the analysis of human language.


“The conceptual nature of human language”
The course will introduce and critically (re)consider some of the main issues featuring the approach of cognitive linguistics to the study of language. The focus will be on the following topics:

- Conceptual structure: embodiment as a basic principle
- Categorization and prototype theory
- Semantic frames (idealized cognitive models)
- Conceptual metaphor and metonymy
- Conceptual blending

Language: the course will be held in English.

-Croft, William and Cruse, D.Alan. 2004. Cognitive Linguistics. Cambridge: CUP (ch. 4, pp. 74-91)
-Fillmore, Charles, J. 1982. Frame Semantics. In Linguistics in the Morning Calm, Linguistic Society of Korea (ed.). Seul: Hanshin Publishing Company. 111-137.
-Fauconnier, Gilles and Turner, Mark. 1998. Conceptual integration networks. Cognitive Science 22 (2): 133-187.
-Gibbs, Raymond and Colston, Herbert. 1995. The cognitive psychological reality of image schemas and their transformations. Cognitive Linguistics 6 (4): 347-378.
-Lakoff, George. 1987. Women, Fire and Dangerous Things. What Categories Reveal about the Mind. Chicago/London: University of Chicago Press (chapters 2, 9, 11).
-Lakoff, George. 1993. The contemporary theory of metaphor. In Andrew Ortony (ed.). Metaphor and Thought. Cambridge: CUP. 202-251.
-Langacker, Ronald W. 1990. Concept, Image and Symbol: The cognitive Basis of Grammar. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter (chapter 1, pp. 1-32).
-Ungerer, Friedrich and Schmid, Hans-Jörg. 2006. An Introduction to Cognitive Linguistics. 2nd ed. Harlow: Longman.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam in English.