A grammar of the Malayan language by William Marsden

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One can go out and do an experiment which shows that, indeed, people take longer to process certain utterances compared to others, or that some parts of utterances, where blending should occur, specifically take extra time to comprehend or engage more complex brain activity. But many other theories of linguistic processing would predict the very same finding! Thus, it is not clear that conceptual blending theory, despite its different conceptual and terminological perspective, is sufficiently unique to be considered the most viable psychological theory.

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This is obviously a good thing for the field of cognitive linguistics overall, and for our understanding of human thought and language more generally. However, my personal belief is that cognitive linguists need not become experimental psychologists or computer scientists for their work and ideas to be seen as legitimate with significant theoretical implications. There is a trend in cognitive science in which scholars in any one discipline always turn toward the right to seek evidence from a neighboring field to find additional, usually more empirical, support for their ideas and theories.

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