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Renata Geld

 

Summary

Cognitive linguistics, which developed as a reaction to formal approaches to language, emphasizes the importance of cognitive operations in structuring experience, as reflected in language as a conceptualizing tool. Thus, language is seen as inseparable from other cognitive systems, and meaning is viewed as dynamic and subjective. The subjectivity of linguistic meaning refers to dynamic meaning construal which implies human ability to see and describe the same objective scene in different ways. The aim of this paper is to present fundamental aspects of construal and demonstrate its relevance for the analysis and description of Croatian. In addition to explaining well-established theoretical foundations and illustrating them, the paper offers Croatian translations of key cognitive linguistic notions.

 

Keywords

meaning construal; aspects of meaning construal; cognitive linguistics; Croatian language

 

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