Onomastic investigations from a cognitive approach

Reszegi Katalin. Kognitív szemléletű névtudományi vizsgálatok. [Onomastic investigations from a cognitive approach] A Magyar Névarchívum Kiadványai 54. Debrecen, Debreceni Egyetemi Kiadó, 2022. 264 lap. (with an English summary, Cognitive approach in onomastics, 211-226)

This book presents the several aspects of name giving and name usage within a cognitive framework, using the most influential theories of cognitive linguistics, primarily RONALD LANGACKER’s cognitive grammar and GEORGE LAKOFF’s conceptual metaphor and conceptual metonymy theories. In addition, JOAN BYBEE’s network model and SÁNDOR N. SZILÁGYI’s theory of the linguistic world model will appear in certain sections.
The study consists of three larger units. The first part introduces how names and different proper name types exist in the mental system, while also illustrating new solutions provided by the cognitive perspective in connection with old questions of name theory. There are also attempts to incorporate psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic experimental results into the cognitive description of proper names. Using the cognitive approach, aspects of name usage are also analyzed that have not appeared in onomastic research before. To illustrate this innovation, section 2 introduces two new research areas and through specific studies presents some of the new opportunities they offer. The third large unit reinterprets characteristic types of name creation within the selected cognitive framework.