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Cognitive Linguistics, 7.5 c

Course code:5LN242, Report code:LN242, 50%, DAG, NML
week: 14 - 23 Semester: Spring 2019 (2019-04-01 - 2019-06-09)

This course is part of a joint section.

Collaboration information

Cognitive Linguistics


Instructor: Marc Tang

Course coordinator: Michael Dunn

Please contact Marc Tang if you have any questions about the course!



Cognitive linguistics relates to how language interacts with the human brain and how language forms our thoughts. It is commonly perceived as a branch that combines linguistics and psychology. This course intends to provide basic theoretical and methodological knowledge in the area of cognitive linguistics. On completion of the course, to earn the grade Pass the student should at least be able to:

  • use basic concepts of cognitive linguistics in their analysis such as categorisation, semantic frame, prototype, metaphor, metonym and blending
  • explain and provide concrete examples for basic concepts of cognitive linguistics 
  • actively and independently participate in seminar discussions by presenting research assignments in cognitive linguistics



Teaching consists of lectures, group discussion, presentations, and project work. Students are encouraged to work collaboratively on problems, but assessable work must be written up individually.

After the first meeting (an introduction to cognitive lingusitics) the course will be guided by readings. For each class, a reading material will be assigned (either a chapter from the textbook or a published academic paper). The assigned readings are expected to be read before class. In each session, one of the working group will be in charge of presenting an overview of the reading. Parts considered difficult to understand can be pointed out and temptatively explained if possible. Another group will be in charge of preparing three questions related to the topic. This overview will be completed during each session by additional details or group activities provided by the instructor.



The assessment has two parts: exercises carried out in class (group discussions and presentations), and a final project. To pass the course a passing grade in both parts is required.

Presentations will be evaluated based on the quality of the materials prepared by the groups in charge of each session. Discussions will be evaluated based on the participation of each individual in the group activities of each session.

In the final project (800-1000 words), the student should provide an overview of one of the three topics that will be suggested by the instructor. The final project should be submitted via Student Portal before Friday 14.6.2019 at 23.00. The grades used are U, G, and VG. 

Please read the rules about cheating and plagiarism. Delayed course work without a permit will only receive grades U or G, without written feedback.



W14 April 3, Wednesday kl. 14-16.  What is cognitive linguistics and why learn it?
W15 April 10, Wednesday kl. 14-16. Universals and variation (Ch3)
W16 April 17, Wednesday kl. 14-16. Language competence, change, and acquisition (Ch4)
W17 April 24, Wednesday kl. 14-16. Cognitive semantics (Ch5)
W18 May 1, Wednesday kl. 14-16. Embodiment and conceptual structure (Ch6)
W19 May 8, Wednesday kl. 14-16. Encyclopedic view of meaning (Ch7)
W20 May 15, Wednesday kl. 14-16. Metaphor and metonymy (Ch9)
W21 May 22, Wednesday kl. 14-16. Presentation/Discussion of potential topic for final project
W22 May 29. Wednesday kl. 14-16. Cognitive approaches to grammar (Ch14)
W23 June 5, Wednesday kl. 14-16. A summary of the previous sessions

*All the courses are carried out at 2-0028 



(partial list)

Evans, Vyvyan and Melanie Green. Cognitive Linguistics: An Introduction. Edinburgh University Press. 2006.