Language and Ideology
Volume 1: theoretical cognitive approaches
Together with its sister volume on Descriptive Cognitive Approaches, this volume explores the contribution which cognitive linguistics can make to the identification and analysis of overt and hidden ideologies. As a theory of language which sees language as the accumulation of the conventionalised conceptualisations of a given linguistic and/or cultural community or sub-group within it, cognitive linguistics is called upon to make its own inroads in the study of ideology. This volume offers theoretical approaches and first discusses the philosophical foundations of cognitive linguistics. The question whether cognitive linguistics is not an ideology itself is not tabooed. The speaker’s deictic centre is the anchoring point, not only for spatial, temporal or interactional deixis, but also for cultural and ideological deixis. Cognitive linguistics is also confronted with a severe Marxist critique, but the potential convergence between the two ‘philosophies’ is highlighted as well. Further the question is raised to what extent the central nervous system and the grammatical system of a language impose sexually biased, and hence ideological representations on cognition. Finally, linguistics itself is seen as a potential bearer of ideological deviations as was the case with the ‘politics of linguistics’ in Nazi Germany, and even with the quest for the Indo-European homeland in comparative and historical linguistics throughout the 19th century and well into the 20th century.
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 204] 2001. vi, 301 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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Table of Contents
Incorporating Tensions: On the Treatment of Ideology in Cognitive LinguisticsBruce Hawkins | pp. 1–22
Language and Ideology: An interview with George LakoffRoberta Pires De Oliveira | pp. 23–47
Pragmatism, Ideology and Embodiment: William James and the Philosophical Foundations of Cognitive LinguisticsTim Rohrer | pp. 49–81
Does Cognitive Linguistics Live up to its Name?Bert Peeters | pp. 83–106
Ideological Ground and Relevant Interpretation in a Cognitive SemanticsPeter Grundy and Yan Jiang | pp. 107–140
Linguistic Dilemmas of Afrocentricity: The Diaspora ExperienceAli A. Mazrui and Alamin M. Mazrui | pp. 141–164
Age/Gender Morphemes Inherit the Biases of their Underlying DimensionsHarry Howard | pp. 165–195
How Pervasive are Sexist Ideologies in Grammar?Tore Nesset | pp. 197–226
Cognitive Linguistics and the Marxist Approach to IdeologyPeter E. Jones | pp. 227–251
Linguistics and Ideology in 19th and 20th Century Studies of LanguageE.F.K. Koerner | pp. 253–276
Cultural and Conceptual Relativism, Universalism and the Politics of Linguistics: Dilemmas of a would-be progressive LinguisticsChristopher Hutton | pp. 277–296
Index | pp. 297–301
“This volume opens a cross-disciplinary, critical and fundamental discourse on the different types of relationships between language, the status of cognitive linguistics, and ideology.”
Paul Sambre in Pragmatics, Vol. 12:3 (Sept. 2002)
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