TOWARDS A USAGE-BASED COGNITIVE PHONOLOGY

  • Gitten Kristiansen
Keywords: usage-based cognitive phonology, lectal variation, distributed cognition, receptive and active competence, language acquisition, models of phonemic representation

Abstract

The usage-based conception of language is a major tenet in Cognitive Linguistics, but cognitive phonology has not yet been developed sufficiently in this direction. Often, phonemic analysis is carried out at the high level of abstraction of `a language´, disregarding rich patterns of languageinternal variation. This paper first argues that cognitive phonology must aim at a higher degree of descriptive refinement, especially in the direction of social variation. Then it goes on to examine the implications of a usage-based and multi-faceted model for a theoretical discussion of the phoneme as a prototype category.

Author Biography

Gitten Kristiansen
Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Facultad de Filología Departamento de Filología Inglesa I. Lengua y Lingüística
Published
19-01-2009
How to Cite
Kristiansen, G. (2009). TOWARDS A USAGE-BASED COGNITIVE PHONOLOGY. International Journal of English Studies, 6(2), 107-140. Retrieved from https://revistas.um.es/ijes/article/view/48881