By Dirk Geeraerts
Cognitive Sociolinguistics is a unique and burgeoning box of study which seeks to foster research into the socio-cognitive dimensions of language at a usage-based point. Advances in Cognitive Sociolinguistics brings jointly ten stories into the social and conceptual facets of language-internal edition. All ten contributions depend upon an organization empirical foundation within the kind of complicated corpus-based thoughts, experimental tools and survey-based learn, or a mix of those. the hunt for tactics that can competently get to the bottom of the complicated and multivariate dimensions intervening within the interaction among conceptual that means and variationist components is therefore one other attribute of the amount. when it comes to its descriptive scope, the quantity covers 3 major components: lexical and lexical-semantic version, constructional version, and study on lectal attitudes and acquisition. It hence illustrates how Cognitive Sociolinguistics reviews either the adaptation of that means, and the that means of version.
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All the material from (i) and (iii) was manually extracted. Data referring to the Brazilian variety was collected from the two largest cities in the country, namely São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. 7 million tokens selected from 8 newspapers (4 Portuguese and 4 Brazilian newspapers) and 15 million tokens collected from Internet chats. 2 million tokens gathered from 24 fashion magazines (14 Portuguese and 14 Brazilian magazines) and 1,300 pictures of labels and price tags photographed from clothes shop windows.
The vagueness of concepts is measured in terms of their lexical nonuniqueness: if a term for naming the concept at hand can also be used for naming another concept, then this may be seen as an indication that the concept at hand is not always easily distinguishable from the other concept. We quantify lexical uniqueness of a concept as the number of lexical types in the onomasiological range of that concept that also features in the set of expressions associated with a different concept. As an example, consider the following overview of the expressions found for the concept LIES 'groin'.
A third lexical field is still under study – health. The empirical background of this sociolexicological study consists of several thousand observations of the use of denotational synonyms which designate 43 nominal concepts from football and clothing terminologies. Material was extracted from three different sources: (i) sports newspapers and fashion magazines from the early years of the 1950s, 1970s and 1990s/2000s; (ii) Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channels related to football; and (iii) labels and price tags pictured from shop windows in two Portuguese and Brazilian towns respectively.
Advances in Cognitive Sociolinguistics (Cognitive Linguistic Research) by Dirk Geeraerts