Keywords: сognitive linguistics, сorpus linguistics, cognitive corpus linguistic approach, usage-based theories, exemplarbased theories, corpus-based methodology, corpus-driven methodology, behavioral profile, multimodal corpus


The paper presents the key ideas of the current cognitive corpus linguistic approach and provides an overview of research areas and trends in its application within the English language study. In recent decades, the synergy of cognitive linguistic theories and corpus linguistic methodology has been observed. On the one hand, modern cognitive linguistics uses corpus data as a powerful empirical basis, and corpus methodology, in particular corpusbased, to confirm cognitive hypotheses. On the other hand, corpus linguistics cannot do without introspection, intuitive judgments about the language by representatives of cognitive linguistics. As a result, a number of theories and techniques emerge that attempt to combine the benefits of both. In line with cognitive linguistics, usage-based theories of language appear, which refer to corpus data, in particular the frequency of use, to study cognitive representations. They include an exemplar-based theory of language knowledge and representation (R. Langacker, J. Taylor). Another theory that tries to combine cognitive and corpus linguistics is the grammar of the patterns of S. Hunston and G. Francis. Cognitive corpus semantics (D. Geeraerts, H. Schmid, D. Divjak, S. Gries) is developing rapidly. Corpora are relevant for studying the main problems of cognitive semantics, in particular conceptual metaphor, polysemy, synonymy, prototypes, constructional analysis, etc. The study of conceptual metaphor with the application of corpus-based methodology is one of the popular research areas (R.Gibbs, A. Stefanowitsch). In addition, corpus-based methods are used in prototype research (J. Bybee, M. Stubbs). The concept of lexical priming implies that corpus concordance is a kind of mental concordance model. Corpus-driven cognitive semantics is used primarily for the analysis of polysemy and synonymy (D. Glynn, J. Newman, B. Atkins, D. Schönefeld). In particular, the behavioral profiles approach based on data-driven semantic descriptions was proposed for the study of polysemy and synonymy (P. Hanks). The application of multimodal corpora, which integrate video and audio dimensions and make it possible to explore the “situated” language use (V. Evans, M. Green), seems promising.


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How to Cite
Dilai, I. P., & Dilai, M. P. (2021). COGNITIVE CORPUS LINGUISTICS: THE CURRENT STATE AND PROSPECTS. New Philology, (83), 71-78.