Cognitive linguistics refers to the school of thought within linguistics that interprets language in terms of the concepts, sometimes universal, sometimes specific to a particular tongue, which underlie its forms. Cognitive linguistics is quickly becoming one of the most dynamic and insightful frameworks within theoretical and descriptive linguistics. Business Wire brought this news to us in their article, “Cognitive Linguistics – Explore issues relating to the semantic and pragmatic mechanism of language and communication – Research and Markets.”

All linguistics, of course, is cognitive. The school of thought of cognitive linguistics is characterized by adherence to three central positions. First, it denies that there is an autonomous linguistic faculty in the mind; second, it understands grammar in terms of conceptualization; and third, it claims that knowledge of language arises out of language use.

Cognitive linguistics aims for a cognitively plausible and natural account of what it means to know language comprehensively. How did it evolve? How is it acquired?

Melody K. Smith

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