Review: Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things

Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things
Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things by George Lakoff
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Great book. It’s not an easy read, but it was well worth it for me.

How do we think? From whence do our concepts come and how our they structured? Is language a separate, independent “module” in the brain or is it tied into our other concepts and vice versa? How does syntax relate to semantics? How does semantics relate to truth? How does the body relate to the mind? How well does the traditional view of logic and truth match up with our lived experience?

Lakoff explores all of these questions in a densely argued critique of traditional philosophical approaches to syntax, semantics, and truth and then presents a new approach in a review of (relatively) recent research into cognitive linguistics. The review includes three case studies of different aspects of English grammar and semantics.

The result was an eye-opening experience for me. There’s some really interesting work going on here these days, must read more!

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