Textbooks for cognitive linguistics and functional grammar

Steffen Haurholm-Larsen steffen.haurholm-larsen at ISW.UNIBE.CH
Mon Jan 20 06:10:49 UTC 2014

Dear Shihong Zhou,

A very accessible introduction to cognitive grammar is given by the 
"founding father" of that sub-branch of linguistics HERE 
You mean to focus on the "discourse/syntax interaction" - you will find 
that in Langacker's view language is not divisible into modules such as 
"phonetics, phonology, lexicon, morphology, syntax, semantics, and 
pragmatics" (page 13 of Langacker cited in the link above) as in other 
approaches to language - in fact, he only uses the term "syntax" when 
speaking of formal approaches which argue for the "autonomy of syntax" 
(with which he disagrees).

As for functional grammar this is an umbrella term that applies to a 
great variety of linguistic sub-branches (see for instance HERE 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Functional_theories_of_grammar>) so you 
will most likely have to make a choice in favor of one of these.

I hope this helps you a small bit further in your search.


Steffen Haurholm-Larsen
University of Bern, Switzerland
PhD student

Den 1/20/14 6:00 AM, LINGTYP automatic digest system skrev:
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> Subject: Textbooks for cognitive linguistics and functional grammar
> Dear Colleagues,
> Next semester, I will be giving two new courses , one is cognitive linguistics and the other is functional grammar, focusing on the discourse / syntax interaction, to the first year MA students of linguistics, I am now choosing the suitable textbooks for these two courses. So I am wondering what textbooks are good for the students who do not have a very good ground knowledge for linguistics, in regard to the its content and organizations, according to your teaching experience.
> Thank you in advance.
> Best regards!
> Shihong Zhou
>   Linguisitcs Instit
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