Analogy as Structure and Process

Approaches in linguistics, cognitive psychology and philosophy of science

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The concept of analogy is of central concern to modern cognitive scientists, whereas it has been largely neglected in linguistics in the past four decades. The goal of this thought-provoking book is (1) to introduce a cognitively and linguistically viable notion of analogy; and (2) to re-establish and build on traditional linguistic analogy-based research.

As a starting point, a general definition of analogy is offered that makes the distinction between analogy-as-structure and analogy-as-process.

Chapter 2 deals with analogy as used in traditional linguistics. It demonstrates how phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and diachronic linguistics make use of analogy and discusses linguistic domains in which analogy does or did not work. The appendix gives a description of a computer program, which performs such instances of analogy-based syntactic analysis as have long been claimed impossible.

Chapter 3 supports the ultimate (non-modular) ‘unity of the mind’ and discusses the existence of pervasive analogies between language and such cognitive domains as vision, music, and logic.

The final chapter presents evidence for the view that the cosmology of every culture is based on analogy.

At a more abstract level, the role of analogy in scientific change is scrutinized, resulting in a meta-analogy between myth and science.
[Human Cognitive Processing, 14]  2005.  xiv, 249 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Preface
ix
Introduction
xi–xiii
1. The concept of analogy
1–66
2. Analogy inside linguistics
67–127
3. Analogy and/or overlap between language and other cognitive domains
129–163
4. Analogy (mainly) outside linguistics
165–197
5. Concluding remarks
199–202
Appendix
203–220
Notes
221–227
References
229–241
Name index
243–245
Subject index
247–249
“Itkonen's views of analogy make a real summa of this concept while opening a multitude of new epistemological and methodological perspectives for research in linguistics.”
“I commend the book to the attention of its intended audience, which is not limited to linguists: cognitive scientists and philosophers interested in epistemology would also be likely to find it worth their while.”
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