„Die unzertrennliche Verbindung des Gedanken […] zur Sprache“ – der Begriff „Konzept“ in der kognitiven Linguistik
“DIE UNZERTRENNLICHE VERBINDUNG DES GEDANKEN […] ZUR SPRACHE” – THE TERM “CONCEPT” IN THE COGNITIVE LINGUISTICS
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The fundamental unit of symbolic knowledge is a concept – a mental representation that captures knowledge of what constitutes a given category of things. Concepts are a natural bridge between the mind and the world, and semantic memory is our mental storehouse of knowledge about the world and it forms the foundation of our abilities to understand and produce language. This paper provides an overview of the analysis of the term “concept” from the perspective of cognitive linguistics. It also describes selected models of semantic memory that have been proposed. It will be also demonstrated how the term “concept” functions within these models.
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