CONTRAST in language, thought and memory

Project: Research

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • General Language Studies and Linguistics
  • Specific Languages

Layman's description

CONTRAST is an extremely powerful construal in human thinking, important to both the organization of coherent discourse and to the mental organization of the vocabulary. There is widespread consensus among linguists that CONTRAST is a robust semantic relation, but in spite of this, little empirical research has been carried out to support the claim. The aim of the project is to make up for this.

CONTRAST IN LANGUAGE, THOUGHT AND MEMORY is an interdisciplinary project between the Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University, the School of Humanities at Växjö University and Psychology at Lund University. The main thesis of the project is that CONTRAST is an extremely powerful construal in human thinking, important to both the organization of coherent discourse and to the mental organization of the vocabulary, and CONTRAST is also part and parcel of evaluative polarity of negative and positive attitude. There is widespread consensus among linguists that CONTRAST is a robust semantic relation, but in spite of this, relatively little empirical research has been carried out to substantially support the claim. The aim of the project is to make up for this shortcoming.

To get a firm grasp of the complexities of CONTRAST, our project builds on textual (corpus-driven as well as corpus-based), psycholinguistic and neurolingusitic foundations. The languages under investigations are English and Swedish. This research is important for any theory of mental models. It is also of great importance to language technological applications such as further development of semantic webs, lexicology, applied teaching and learning and cross-linguistic lexical typology. Last but not least, research on language and cognition calls for evidence from different sources and cross-fertilization of scientific techniques.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date2008/01/012012/12/31

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Related research output

Carita Paradis, Simone Löhndorf, Joost van de Weijer & Willners, C., 2015, In : Linguistics. 53, 1, p. 153-191

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