Ewa Dąbrowska

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Ewa Dąbrowska (* 1963 in Danzig ) is a Polish linguist ( cognitive linguistics ).

Dabrowska studied at the University of Gdańsk , where she received her doctorate in linguistics in 1995. She also received a Masters degree in English there in 1995 . She then moved to the UK where she was at the University of Glasgow (Masters Degree in Modern English 1994), the University of Susex, the University of Sheffield and Northumbria University Newcastle before becoming a professor at the University of Birmingham in 2017 . For 2018 she received a Humboldt Professorship at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg .

She also worked at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Leipzig and in Japan.

In cognitive linguistics, Dabrowska is a leading proponent of opposition to the previously established view ( Noam Chomsky et al.) That there is a universal grammar that is even genetically anchored. She empirically investigated language acquisition in different cultures in adults and children and found, among other things, that language deficits can hardly be compensated for in the first years of life. She also explores individual differences in language skills among speakers of the same language.

In 2014 she became President of the United Kingdom Cognitive Linguistics Association and serves on the Council of the International Cognitive Linguistics Association.

Fonts (selection)

  • Editor with Dagmar Divjak: Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics, De Gruyter Mouton, Berlin 2015
  • Ten Lectures on Grammar in the Mind. Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press (Eminent Linguist Lecture Series), Beijing 2013, Leiden: Brill
  • Language, Mind and Brain: Some Psychological and Neurological Constraints on Theories of Grammar. Edinburgh University Press, 2004
  • with Wojciech Kubiński: Akwizycja języka w świetle językoznawstwa kognitywnego (language acquisition from the point of view of cognitive linguistics), Uniwersitas, Krakau 2003
  • Cognitive Semantics and the Polish Dative, De Gruyter, 1997
  • What exactly is Universal Grammar, and has anyone seen it?, Frontiers in Psychology, Volume 6, 2015, p. 852
  • Cognitive linguistics' seven deadly sins, Cognitive Linguistics, Volume 27, 2016, pp. 479-491.
  • Different speakers, different grammars: Individual differences in native language attainment, Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism, Volume 2, 2012, pp. 219-253

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