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Ontolinguistics: How Ontological Status Shapes the Linguistic Coding of Concepts
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies (from 2013).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1323-1548
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.
2007 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Current progress in linguistic theorizing is more and more informed by cross-linguistic (including cross-modal) investigation. Comparison of languages relies crucially on the concepts that can be coded with similar effort in all languages. These concepts are part of every language user's ontology, the network of cross-connected conceptualizations the mind uses in coping with the world.

Assuming that language comparability is rooted in the comparability of user ontologies, the idea of the present volume is to further instigate progress in linguistics by looking behind the interface with the conceptual-intentional system and asking a still underexplored question: How are ontological structures reflected in intra- and cross-linguistic regularities? This question defines the research program of ontology based linguistics or ontolinguistics.

Recent advances in the theory of language have been characterized by an emphasis on external explanatory adequacy and thus on relating language to other phenomena. The research program introduced in this volume adds a decisively distinct and fresh aspect to this emerging new contextualization of the field by bringing together insights from different areas, mainly linguistics, but also neuroscience, philosophy, and artificial intelligence. In providing these disciplines with a new common task, the exploration of the impact of ontological structures on linguistic regularities, the ontolinguistic approach promises to develop into a vital branch of cognitive science.

Documenting the beginnings, the book aims to instigate future interdisciplinary research in this area. It will be of interest to researchers in linguistics, artificial intelligence, philosophy, and cognitive science in general.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 2007. , p. 486
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Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs, ISSN 1861-4302 ; 176
Keywords [en]
ontologies, linguistic regularities, concepts
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-67120ISBN: 978-3-11-019779-2 (electronic)ISBN: 978-3-11-018997-1 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-67120DiVA, id: diva2:1199840
Available from: 2018-04-23 Created: 2018-04-23 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved

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