Definition of cognitive grammar in English:

cognitive grammar


  • [mass noun] A theory of grammar that seeks to characterize, in a psychologically realistic way, those structures and abilities that constitute a speaker's grasp of linguistic convention, and to relate them to other cognitive processes.

    • ‘I feel that the principle of relevance has added value compared to the purely cognitive grammar model in the area of pragmatics.’
    • ‘This is a seminal work, already a classic, establishing and demonstrating the principles of cognitive grammar.’