名家论坛系列讲座第122期

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主讲人:Professor Peter Harder哥本哈根大学

时间:20191031(周四)15:00-17:00

地点:北京外国语大学 西院综合楼501


讲座题目: Functional and procedural aspects of syntax in cognitive linguistics


内容摘要

Cognitive Linguistics arose as an alternative to Generative Linguistics. Naturally enough, focal interest in Cognitive Linguistics has been on those properties of language that are not focal in generative linguistics, and hence are not well-covered in Chomskyan linguistic theory.

Thus, just as autonomy is central to generative theory, the dependence of language on general cognitive capacities (those that are not specific to language) has been equally central in cognitive linguistics. Further, the sharp boundaries that are characteristic of generative linguistics also internally in language have motivated a skepticism among cognitive linguists against all sharp boundaries. These include the separation between semantics and pragmatics, and between semantics and syntax, both of which are central from a generative point of view, and have been downplayed in Cognitive Linguistics.  If language as a whole is an integral part of cognition as a whole, it is natural that also internal divisions between subcompartments of the language ability have blurry outlines.

This ‘continuism’ extends also to the classical dichotomy between lexicon and grammar. For generative grammar, this division is central because the lexicon has obvious relations with the world of experience and cannot plausibly be understood as autonomous in the same sense as syntactic categories arguably can. While the existence of empty subjects in sentences like it is raining entails that the subject category can plausibly be kept apart from concrete experiential content, this is not the case for semantic categories. Cognitive Linguistics, in which a foundational assumption is that all linguistic units have a semantic as well as a phonological pole, however, does not recognize the existence of a special domain of syntax in which elements are purely formal, and therefore linguistic units are not assumed to be rigidly separable into two subcategories, grammatical vs. lexical.

While I align myself with this general orientation on the part of Cognitive Linguistics, I think it has had the unintended consequence of under-addressing the question of what is the special nature of syntactic phenomena, thus leaving this to some extent as the turf of generative grammar. This makes syntax a potential chink in the armour of cognitive linguistics, given that the existence of syntactic structure is generally recognized to be a design feature of human language. Therefore I think it is worth while for Cognitive Linguistics to upgrade its picture of what syntax means for human languages.

I am going to address two aspects of this issue:

(1) The general features of syntax in a cognitive-functional perspective – with particular focus on the role of ‘content syntax’ (understood as the combinatorial relations between meanings), cf Harder (2010, ch. 6).

(2) The special linguistic and neurocognitive characteristics of grammatical (as opposed to lexical) items - with particular focus on the procedural (as opposed to declarative) aspects of grammar. This includes the issue of grammaticalization (Boye & Harder 2012): what is it that happens when a lexical element becomes grammatical?

I argue that these aspects are underemphasized in the constructional approach to grammar, which has been the most widespread foundation for syntactic theory in Cognitive Linguistics. In the proposed alternative, I draw on two main sources, one linguistic and one neuro-cognitive: the European structural-functional tradition (e.g. Engberg-Pedersen et al. 1995), and Ullman’s research on the declarative and the procedural systems in the brain, as explored especially by Ullman (e.g., 2016).


讲座人简介:

皮特哈德教授Peter Harder),哥本哈根大学英语语言学教授丹麦皇家科学和文学学会成员。1994年春季在加州大学圣地亚哥分校访问,2003年秋季在加州大学伯克利分校访学。

皮特哈德教授共有172个出版作品,涉及时态、条件式、递归、限定词和语法化等方面,以及对一些基础性问题的探讨,如语言使用和语言结构之间的关系,以及心智和语言之间的关系。主要著作包括由德古意特出版社出版的《功能语义学》(1996)和《心智与社会中的意义》(2010)。

皮特哈德教授出席过一系列的功能语法国际会议(1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2006)和认知语言学国际会议(1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017)Peter Harder作为主旨发言人在诸多国际会议上发言,如1997年第4届国际认知语言学会议,20103月在朗多举办的第10LAUD会议,201010月在俄罗斯坦波夫举办的俄罗斯认知语言学家协会国际认知语言学大会,以及20176月法国认知语言学协会举办的会议。

皮特哈德教授的研究以欧洲传统的功能和结构主义语言学为基础,主要关注语言的功能维度与认知维度之间的关系。目前研究兴趣包括语法化、语言规范以及语言学与(其他)社会科学之间的界面研究。可以通过harder@hum.ku.dk皮特哈德教授联系。


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