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Linguistics, Vol.4 No.2 December 2003. -

Ever since the Chomskyan views revolutionised the scientific study of

language, we have been expecting to see groundbreaking results relative to the

workings of the human language faculty. Unfortunately for the discipline, this

has not been the case. This paper is structured around one one-word question:

why? Departing from some general considerations about cognitive linguistics,

and some specific considerations about the Natural Semantic Metalanguage

NSM, this paper attempts to: a. establish the common grounds shared by

most approaches currently being developed within the cognitive linguistic

paradigm; b. posit some key arguments supporting the thesis that semantic and

conceptual universals should corroborate most if not all theses relative to

linguistic conceptualisation; c. try and bridge some gaps between a number of

conceptual theories of language, arguing that quite a few divergences between

frameworks and interpretations are due to opacity of criteria, methodologies

and even just terminology; d. suggest that NSM has much to offer to

linguistics in terms of solving the above problems. It is argued that a more

tightly knit paradigm would allow for a more efficient interpretation of data

stemming from research in cognitive linguistics, and which is, as shown in the

paper, already yielding quite a few consistent patterns.

Natural Semantic Metalanguage NSM; cognitive linguistic paradigm; semantic universals; conceptual primitives

Author: Marija M. Brala - ; University of Trieste & University of Rijeka

Source: http://hrcak.srce.hr/


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