All-Russian academic journal
“Issues of Cognitive Linguistics”



Author:  Derzhavin Tambov State University

Affiliation:  S.G. Vinogradova

Abstract:  A composite sentence presents both a syntactic whole endowed with a certain meaning and a linguistic knowledge format that accumulates data on linguistic categories, schemas and cognitive operations activated or configured by an individual in the course of communication to convey the ontological nature of the related events and their knowledge status as given or new.
The given and the new are conceptually regulated by the function of status-of-knowledge determination which, along with evaluation, negation, evidentiality, etc., is a particular manifestation of interpretation, one of the main functions of language depicting an online interaction of linguistic and cognitive entities in the mind of an individual based on his or her ability to realize cognitive variation.
The author argues that cognitive variation underlying status-of-knowledge determination and transfer via composite sentences specifies direction of information flow; conceptual foundations for the given and the new transfer; representation and hierarchy of composite sentences components; interpretive functions involved in status-of-knowledge determination; number and role of thematic domains as cognitive contexts referred to the related events; cognitive operations and linguistic mechanisms.
The analysis is carried out with evidence from contemporary English and applied to two-event composite sentences as prototypically exhibiting features of the composite sentence paradigm.

Keywords:  composite sentence, interpretation, cognitive variation, status of knowledge, construal.

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Acknowledgments:  The research is financially supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, project No. 15-04-00448.

For citation:  Vinogradova, S. G. (2017). Cognitive variation in composite sentences construal. Voprosy Kognitivnoy Lingvistiki, 4,
20-26. (In Russ.).

Pages:  20-26

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