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This front matter section of the book The Body in Language contains the table of contents, the preface and a note on contributors to the book. The book provides theoretical reflections on grammaticalization, lexical semantics, philosophy, multimodal communication as well as on cognitive linguistics in general. Case studies discuss the embodiment in a wide range of languages and from diverse cultures on various continents. The interplay of language, culture and the human body has developed into a major field of study in semantics in the past decades. Much of this research has been conducted within the framework of Cognitive Linguistics. Studies in the grammaticalization framework demonstrate that conceptualizations underlying languages in very different semantic fields are often motivated by body-part models.

Keywords: cognitive linguistics; grammaticalization; lexical semantics; multimodal communication; philosophy

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