Article published in:Bi-Directionality in the Cognitive Sciences: Avenues, challenges, and limitations
Edited by Marcus Callies, Wolfram R. Keller and Astrid Lohöfer
[Human Cognitive Processing 30] 2011
► pp. 295–310
Cognitive linguistics as a cognitive science
Cognitive linguistics is on its way to becoming a cognitive science, but a number of problems remain. The relationship between cognitive linguistics and the core cognitive sciences (psychology and neurology) must be clarified: cognitive linguists can selectively import models and methods from these disciplines as a foundation for their linguistic theories, they can export their own models to these disciplines for empirical testing and integration, or they can transform linguistics into a core cognitive science in its own right. The latter requires a number of changes to the models and practices of cognitive linguistics: it must refocus on its linguistic heritage, adopt a more scientific outlook, gain a higher degree of methodological awareness and restrict its models to linguistic constructs and hypotheses that can be operationalized and falsified.
Keywords: empirical testing, falsifiability, import of models and methods, methodological awareness, operationability
Published online: 13 July 2011
Cited by 2 other publications
Janda, Laura A.
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