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Gestalt Theory and Linguistics - A Bibliography
Gestalttheorie und Sprachwissenschaften - Eine Bibliographie

Compiled by / zusammengestellt von: Jurgis Skilters

This bibliography is still in preparation. The most significant sources are marked with * and are briefly annotated.
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Latest update: August 30, 2006

* Albertazzi L. (ed.), Shapes of Forms, Kluwer: Dordrecht (u.a.) 1999 (Volume deals with several cognitive semantic and gestalt linguistic topics.)

* Anttila R (1977). Dynamic fields and linguistic structure: A proposal for a Gestalt linguistics. In: Die Sprache 23/1, 1-10. (This is one of the few studies explicitly covering a theory of gestalt oriented linguistics. "Gestalt linguistic" is defined in a programmatic manner.)

* Ash M.G., Gestalt Psychology in German Culture, 1890-1967: Holism and the Quest for Objectivity, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, New York, Melbourne 1995 (Cambridge studies in psychology). (An historically and systematically precise, comprehensive overview of the history and development of Gestalt theory, especially Berlin school.)

* Bouman J.C. (1968). The Figure-Ground Phenomenon in Experimental and Phenomenological Psychology. Stockholm: Fallmarks Boktryckeri. (An original approach to Gestalt theory and semantics, especially regarding figure-ground-organization.)

Chater N., Vitányi P., Simplicity: a unifying principle in cognitive science?, in: Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Vol. 7, No. 1, January 2003, 19-22.

* Croft W., Cruse D.A., Cognitive Linguistics, Cambridge UP, 2004 (Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics) (A cognitive semantic study guide covering several essential dimensions of gestalt theory within linguistics.)

* Ehrenstein W., Untersuchungen über Figur-Grund-Fragen, in: Zeitschrift für Psychologie und Physiologie der Sinnesorgane; 1. Abteilung: Zeitschrift für Psychologie, 117. Band, 1930, 339-412 (This study points out that figure-ground-structure consists not only of the level of visual perception but also of other levels of articulation as well.)

Fillmore Ch.J., Frame semantics and the nature of language, in: Harnad S.R., Steklis H.D., Lancaster J. (eds.), Origins and Evolution of Language and Speech, The New York Academy of Sciences, New York 1976 (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Vol. 280), 21-32

Fillmore Ch.J., Types of lexical information, in: Steinberg, Jakobovits 1976, 370-392

Fillmore Ch.J., Topics in lexical semantics, in: Cole R.W. (ed.), Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, Indiana University Press, Bloomington & London 1977, 76-138

Fillmore Ch.J., Towards a descriptive framework for spatial deixis, in: Jarvella R.J., Klein W. (eds.), Speech, Place, and Action, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester (u.a.) 1982, 31-59

Gurwitsch A., Phänomenologie der Thematik und des reinen Ich. Studien über Beziehungen von Gestalttheorie und Phänomenologie, in: Psychologische Forschung, Bd. 12, 4. Heft, 1929, 279-381

Herskovits A., Language and spatial cognition: an interdisciplinary study of the prepositions in English, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (u.a.) 1986 (Studies in Natural Language Processing).

Johnson M., The Body in the Mind, The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, London 1987

Koffka [K.], Referat. [Rezension von E.Rubin: Synsoplevede Figurer. Studier i psykologisk Analyse. Förste Del. XII u. 228 S. Gyldendalske Boghandel, Nordisk Forlag. Købehavn og Kristiania 1915; Erstveröffentlichung in Originalsprache von Rubin 1921], in: Psychologische Forschung, Bd. 1, 1922, 186-190

Koffka K., Psychologie der optischen Wahrnehmung, in: Bethe A., v. Bergmann G., Embden G., Ellinger A. (Hrsg.), Handbuch der normalen und pathologischen Physiologie (mit Berücksichtigung der experimentellen Pharmakologie), 12. Band, 2. Hälfte: Receptionsorgane II, Photoreceptoren, 2. Teil, Verlag von Julius Springer, Berlin 1931, 1215-1271

Koffka K., Principles of Gestalt Psychology, Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd., London 19503 (1935)

Köhler W., Gestalt Psychology: An Introduction to New Concepts in Modern Psychology, Liveright Publishing Corporation, New York 1947

Köhler, W., Dynamics in psychology, Liveright, New York 1940

Kruse P., Stadler M. (eds.), Ambiguity in mind and nature: multistable cognitive phenomena, Springer Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York 1995 (Springer Series in Synergetics, v. 64)

* Lakoff G., Linguistic gestalts, in: Beach W.A., Fox S.E., Philosoph S. (eds.), Papers from the Thirteenth Regional Meeting, Chicago Linguistic Society, April 14-16, 1977, Chicago Linguistic Society, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 1977, 236-287. (In this paper, Lakoff explicitly emphasizes Gestalt-character and how it features in defining semantic articulation)

Lakoff G., Categories and Cognitive Models, L.A.U.T. (Linguistic Agency University Trier), Series A, Paper No. 96, Trier, November 1982

Lakoff G., Experiential factors in linguistics, in: Simon T.W., Scholes R.J. (eds.), Language, Mind, and Brain, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers, Hillsdale, New Jersey, London 1982, 145-156.

Lakoff G., Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things: What Categories Reveal about the Mind, The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, London 1987.

Lakoff G., Cognitive semantics, in: Eco U., Santambrogio M., Violi P. (eds.), Meaning and Mental Representations, Indiana University Press, Bloomington and Indianapolis 1988 (Advances in Semiotics, General Editor: Sebeok Th. A.), 119-154.

Lakoff G., Johnson M., Metaphors We Live By, The University of Chicago Press, Chicago (u.a.) 1980

Lakoff G., Johnson M., Philosophy in the Flesh: The Embodied Mind and Its Challenge to Western Thought, Basic Books, A Member of Perseus Books Group, New York 1999.

Lakoff G., Turner M., More Than Cool Reason: a Field Guide to Poetic Metaphor, The University of Chicago Press, Chicago (u.a.) 1989.

Langacker R.W., Foundations of Cognitive Grammar, Vol. I: Theoretical Prerequisites, Stanford University Press, Stanford, California 1987.

Langacker R.W., Grammar and Conceptualization, Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin, New York 1999 (Cognitive Linguistics Research 14)

Lee D., Cognitive Linguistics: An Introduction, Oxford University Press, Oxford, New York 2001

* Lehar S., The World in Your Head, L.Erlbaum Publishers, New Jersey 2003 (insbes. Kap. 9) (A fascinating approach to visual articulation and semantics from a Gestalt theoretic point of view, see especially Chapter 9.)

* Lutzeier P.R., Linguistische Semantik, J.B. Metzler Verlag, Stuttgart 1985 (One of the few text books in German on linguistic semantics with an explicit gestalt theoretic background.)

Metzger W., Psychologie. Die Entwicklung ihrer Grundannahmen seit der Einführung des Experiments, 4. unveränderte Auflage, Dr. Dietrich Steinkopff Verlag, Darmstadt 1969 (wissenschaftliche Forschungsberichte, Band 52)

Metzger W., Gestalt-Psychologie: ausgewählte Werke aus den Jahren 1950-1982, hrsg. und eingel. von Stadler M., Crabus H., Verlag Waldemar Kramer, Frankfurt am Main 1986

* Moltmann F., Parts and Wholes in Semantics, Oxford University Press, New York, Oxford 1997 (A semantically important study from a semantic perspective with an holistic, gestalt-theoretically oriented approach to part-whole relationships; for a more explicit gestalt theoretic analysis of this topic, see: Wiegand 2003.)

Neisser U., Cognitive Psychology, Appleton-Century-Crofts, Educational Division, Meredith Corporation, New York 1967 (Century Psychology Series)

Rausch E., Über Summativität und Nichtsummativität, in: Psychologische Forschung, Bd. 21, 1937, 209-289

* Reinhart T. (1984). Principles of gestalt perception in the temporal organization of narrative text. In: Linguistics 22, 779-809. (Gestalt principles of perception are used to analyze narratives.)

Rosch E.H., On the internal structure of perceptual and semantic categories, in; Moore T.E. (ed.), Cognitive Development and the Acquisition of Language, Academic Press, New York, London 1973, 111-144

Rosch E., Cognitive representations of semantic categories, in: Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Vol. 104, No. 3, 1975, 192-233

Rosch E., Mervis C.B., Family resemblances: studies in the internal structure of categories, in: Cognitive Psychology, 7, 1975, 573-605 Rubin E., Visuell wahrgenommene Figuren, Gyldendalske Boghandel, Købehavn, Christiania, Berlin, London 1921

* Poppelreuter W., Über die Ordnung des Vorstellungsablaufes, I. Teil, in: Archiv für die gesamte Psychologie, Bd. 25, 1912, 208-349. (Poppelreuter's study covers several critical issues crucial also in semantics, especially in the theory of reproduction.)

* Stadler M., Wildgen W., Ordnungsbildung beim Verstehen und bei der Reproduktion von Texten, in: SPIEL, 6, H. 1, 1987, 101-144. (This is a significant language-psychological study of text reproduction.)

* Köhler W., von Restorff H. (1937). Zur Theorie der Reproduktion (Köhler W., von Restorff H., Analyse von Vorgängen im Spurenfeld II). In: Psychologische Forschung, Band 21, 56-112.

* Wulf F., Über die Veränderung von Vorstellungen (Beiträge zur Psychologie der Gestalt VI, hrsg. von Koffka K.), in: Psychologische Forschung, Bd. 1, 3./4. Heft, 1922, 333-373. (Both the above cited Köhler and Wulf studies deal with the theory of perception; both contain on significant aspects of semantic processing.)

* Langhoff S. (1980), Gestaltlinguistik: eine ganzheitliche Beschreibung syntaktisch-semantischer Sprachfunktionen am Beispiel modaler Infinitivkonstruktionen des Deutschen und Englischen, Frankfurt a.M., Bern, Cirencester: Peter D. Lang (Europäische Hochschulschriften: Reihe 21, Linguistik; Bd. 10) (This study deals explicitly with gestalt linguistics.)

* Roos E. (2001). Idiom und Idiomatik: Ein sprachliches Phänomen im Lichte der kognitiven Linguistik und Gestalttheorie. Aachen: Shaker 2001 (Sprache und Kultur) (This work deals with Gestalt theory and cognitive semantics from an idiomatic perspective.)

* Smith B. (ed.), Foundations of Gestalt Theory, Philosophia Verlag, München, Wien 1988 (Philosophia Resources Library: Reprints, Translations and Commentaries Relating to Austrian Intellectual History). (This volume is a comprehensive overview of the gestalt theoretic movement, particularly in Austria, complete with an annotated bibliography covering work up until 1988.)

Sweetser E., From etymology to pragmatics, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, New York, Melbourne 1990 (first published), 1997 (Cambridge studies in linguistics; 54)

* Talmy L., Toward a Cognitive Semantics, Volume I: Concept Structuring Systems, A Bradford Book, MIT Press, Cambridge MA, London, England 2000

* Talmy L., Toward a Cognitive Semantics, Volume II: Typology and Process in Concept Structuring, A Bradford Book, MIT Press, Cambridge MA, London, England 2000 (These contributions by Talmy deal with figure and ground as basic categories of linguistic articulation. For another perspective, see also Langacker.)

Taylor J.R., Linguistic Categorization: Prototypes in Linguistic Theory, Oxford University Press (Clarendon Press), Oxford (u.a.) 1989

* Taylor J.R. (2002). Cognitive Grammar. Oxford: Oxford University Press (Oxford Textbooks in Linguistics). (A cognitive semantic text book covering many topics in gestalt theory.)

Ungerer F., Schmid H.-J., An Introduction to Cognitive Linguistics, Longman, London, New York (third impression 1997) 1996.

von Ehrenfels C., Über Gestaltqualitäten, in: Vierteljahresschrift für wissenschaftliche Philosophie, XIV. 3. 1890

Weinhandl F. (Hrsg.), Gestalthaftes Sehen. Ergebnisse und Aufgaben der Morphologie. (Zum hundertjährigen Geburtstag von Christian von Ehrenfels), Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, Darmstadt 1960

Wertheimer, Max, Untersuchungen zur Lehre von der Gestalt. I, in: Psychologische Forschung, Band I, 1922, S. 47-58

Wertheimer, Max, Untersuchungen zur Lehre von der Gestalt. II, in: Psychologische Forschung, Band IV, 1923, S. 301-350

Wertheimer, Max, Über Gestalttheorie, Weltkreis Verlag, Erlangen 1925. [English translation]

* Wiegand O.K., Phänomenologische Semantik, Phänomenologische Analysen natürlichsprachlicher Prädikation unter besonderer Berücksichtigung einer phänomenologischen Mereologie, Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main (u.a.) 2003. (One of the few studies on phenomenological / gestalt theoretic semantics with a special emphasize on part-whole-relations.)

Zuczkowski, Andrzej (1994): Language and Experience: Deep Structures as Linguistic Models for Listening and Intervening in Psychotherapy. Gestalt Theory 16, 3-20.

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