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Philosophical and Cognitive Linguistics Interpretation of Lexical and Lexical Causes Based on Semantic Understanding

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DOI: 10.25236/icallh.2019.032


Zhang Jing

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Zhang Jing


Cognitive linguistics, language is based on the results of experience and cognition, and is inseparable from human cognition, and must have human characteristics. The philosophy of experience is the philosophical foundation of cognitive linguistics, with particular emphasis on the experiential nature of the mind, which has a greater explanatory power for the causes of language. The philosophy of experience proposes three basic principles: the experiential nature of the mind, the unconsciousness of cognition, and the metaphor of thinking. Fundamentally speaking, the cognitive world originates from people's perception and understanding of the real world. According to the categorization theory of cognitive linguistics, the semantic category of vocabulary is mapped to the cognitive category formed by people in the empirical world, and the lexical competence includes cognitive competence. Therefore, in the final analysis, experience and cognition determine discourse coherence, and experience philosophy also has explanatory power to discourse coherence analysis. This further consummates the idea that cognitive linguistics expects to establish a unified model for analyzing language at all levels. Based on the philosophy of semantic understanding, this paper combines the basic cognitive methods used in cognitive linguistics at the level of lexical and lexical analysis to propose a cognitive world analysis method for textual coherence.


Cognitive linguistics, Semantic philosophy, Analysis and explanation, Morphology