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Cognitive Grammar: A Basic Introduction

Ronald Langacker


Cognitive Grammar is a radical alternative to the formalist theories that have dominated linguistic theory during the last half century. Instead of an objectivist semantics based on truth conditions or logical deduction, it adopts a conceptualist semantics based on human experience, our capacity to construe situations in alternate ways, and processes of imagination and mental construction. A conceptualist semantics makes possible an account of grammar which views it as being inherently meaningful (rather than an autonomous formal system). Grammar forms a continuum with lexicon, residing in ass ... More

Keywords: cognition, conceptual semantics, conceptualization, discourse, grammar, grammatical theory, lexicon, linguistic theory, meaning, mental construction, symbolization

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195331967
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331967.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ronald Langacker, author
University of California, San Diego (Emeritus)

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