Cognitive Linguistics, MA

Degree: Master of Arts (MA)
Field of Study: Cognitive Linguistics

Program Overview

Cognitive linguistics is an approach to the study of language that begins with the assumptions that language is not separate from other cognitive processes (memory, attention, categorization, social cognition, etc.), and that language is influenced by the way the body interacts with the world. Practitioners use empirical methods grounded in theoretical frameworks including conceptual metaphor theory, conceptual integration, cognitive grammar, and construction grammar. Cognitive linguistics focuses on the intersection of language and cognition, making it possible to study disparate topics such as how social context shapes the use of different languages in bilingual populations, which metaphors are effective in getting people to change their minds, or how learning can be improved through the use of gesture. The department offers an MA as well as an Integrated Graduate Studies MA (for current undergraduates).

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