An Introduction to Cognitive Grammar
Version of Record online: 11 FEB 2010
© 1986 Cognitive Science Society, Inc.
Volume 10, Issue 1, pages 1–40, January 1986
How to Cite
Langacker, R. W. (1986), An Introduction to Cognitive Grammar. Cognitive Science, 10: 1–40. doi: 10.1207/s15516709cog1001_1
- Issue online: 11 FEB 2010
- Version of Record online: 11 FEB 2010
Cognitive grammar takes a nonstandard view of linguistic semantics and grammatical structure. Meaning is equated with conceptualization. Semantic structures are characterized relative to cognitive domains, and derive their value by construing the content of these domains in a specific fashion. Grammar is not a distinct level of linguistic representation, but reduces instead to the structuring and symbolization of conceptual content. All grammatical units are symbolic: Basic categories (e.g., noun and verb) are held to be nationally definable, and grammatical rules are analyzed as symbolic units that are both complex and schematic. These concepts permit a revealing account of grammatical composition with notable descriptive advantages.