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The forms that linguistic structures take are motivated by human cognitive processing. He shows that the usages of the Wanka reportative suffix -shi fall into a radially structured category in which the extended usages are motivated by a central prototypical usage or by one or more of the extensions of that prototype. Introduction 19 Floyd finds four distinct usages of -shi. In its prototypical use, s hi indicates that an utterance is based on hearsay. In a second use, -shi marks the authoritative source for folklore.

He concludes that the studies coming out of this rapidly Introduction 21 developing field are leading the way to new theoretical understandings of how the mind, body and language interact. And this is why cognitive scientists must pay close attention to the developments in Cognitive Linguistics. In closing, we offer this selection of papers to cognitive linguists, cognitive psychologists and readers in all areas of Cognitive Science and Linguistics for their own study, benefit and use. ), Thirty years of linguistic evolution.

A good example of this is found in Newmeyer's (1991) discussion of the work by Lakoff (1987) and Lee (1988) on the Japanese classifier hon. Lakoff and Lee argued that hon was historically extended via regular conceptual principles such as metaphor and metonymy from referring to long, thin, rigid objects like baseball bats, writing scrolls, and swords and staffs to refer to letters, home runs, and wins in martial arts contests. Hon now exists as a radial category whose internal state reflects these historical extensions.

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