Cognitive Grammar

Ronald W. Langacker

in The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Analysis

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780199544004
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

Cognitive Grammar

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The central goal of Cognitive Grammar (CG) is to describe the structure of particular languages and develop a general framework allowing the optical description of any language. CG is a particular cognitive linguistic theory. Even within cognitive linguistics, it stands out as radical due to certain basic claims, notably that grammar is wholly symbolic and that basic grammatical notions (such as noun, verb, and subject) have unified conceptual characterizations. Nevertheless, it is largely compatible with a wide spectrum of cognitive and functional approaches, being general and flexible enough to incorporate their findings and insights.

Keywords: linguistics; cognitive linguistic theory; language

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Subjects: Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology ; Semantics

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