Theory and Description in Autonomist and Cognitive Linguistics

Copyright: Peter Douglas Zohrab 1990

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History of this book

N.B. I wish hereby to claim authorship of (but not copyright over) the term "Autonomist", which I used in the title of a paper I presented at a conference in Auckland, New Zealand some years ago. This word was changed by the section organiser, without consultation, to the conventional "Autonomous". As I explained to the audience, the point was to get away from the distracting positive overtones of the word "autonomous". Two of the three Linguistics conference papers I have given in New Zealand have had their titles changed without consultation with me !





Chapter One: Meta-theoretical Prerequisites for Cognitive Linguistics

Chapter Two: Beyond the Competence-Performance Barrier


Chapter Three: Types of Anaphora

Chapter Four: Types of Pronouns

Chapter Five: Anaphoric Configurations

Chapter Six: Ellipsis and Associated Phenomena




This manuscript was completed in January 1990, and has not been revised since that time. It was submitted to Professor Rene Dirven, of the University of Duisburg, Germany, for possible publication. Of the two referees, one was positive and one was negative as to the publishability of this work.

The negative one, Professor Bruce Hawkins, of Illinois State University, sent me a one-page commentary and promised Professor Dirven that he would provide me with a "more in-depth commentary if so requested" by myself. However, he did not reply when I made that request to him in a letter. In the past, I have had little difficulty in refuting objections made to my arguments (I spent most of my year as a postgraduate student at University College London refuting the objections to my work which Dick Hudson, my thesis adviser, raised), so I am bound to assume that, in this case too, Professor Hawkins merely disagreed with my approach. I have, after all, seen really trashy stuff published which agreed with currently fashionable thinking in mainstream schools of thought.

Last Update: 3 October 2013