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Pattern versus process concepts of grammar and mind: A cognitive-functional perspective

Jan Nuyts ; University of Antwerp

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This paper focuses on one element dividing Cognitive Linguistics and more traditional
functional linguistic approaches to grammar, viz. the contrast between the
construction oriented approach predominating in the former and the rule or process
oriented approach prevailing in the latter. It offers a ‘conceptual analysis’ of
the issue, arguing (i) that a process concept of grammar is not misguided (pace
suggestions to the contrary by some cognitive linguists) but needs to integrate certain
insights from the constructional approach, and (ii) that in some version the
two model types are largely compatible, reflecting different perspectives on the
same phenomena.


Cognitive Linguistics, Functional Linguistics, grammar, constructions, language processing

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