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Cognitive Semantics in the Romance Languages

"Cognitive semantics (CS) is an approach to the study of linguistic meaning. It is based on the assumption that the human linguistic capacity is part of our cognitive abilities, and that language in general and meaning in particular can therefore be better understood by taking into account the cognitive mechanisms that control the conceptual and perceptual processing of extra-linguistic reality. Issues central to CS are (a) the notion of prototype and its role in the description of language, (b) the nature of linguistic meaning, and (c) the functioning of different types of semantic relations. ..." – By Ulrich Detges†

French Outside Europe

"This section examines in detail some recent developments in the pronunciation of the French of France, based to some extent on studies adopting a number-crunching or variationist viewpoint. Subsequent sections consider the varieties of French spoken in Belgium and Switzerland; we may note in passing the seeming gap in the literature on Luxembourg French. ..." – By André Thibault

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