What happens in the minds of people when language is at work? How do we process our surroundings, understand the world we live in, accommodate our own culture as shaper of perceptions… and communicate about it all by using the right words?
Cognitive Linguistics provides a theoretical a framework to understand language as a builder of meaning that stems from interaction with the world. Language emerges in the mind as part of our experience as natural beings in the physical world, and is a direct reflection of it. Meaning, then, is construed as a bridge between all the complex, abstract, intangible thoughts in our minds, and what we can all understand in relatable, identifiable and shared experience: our grounded, tangible, physical position in space. Language, from this point of view, embodies the global cognitive capabilities of all human beings, and is not understood as an independent component of the mind, or an isolated, formal object of study.
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