Opposed to the generative grammar’s well-known hypothesis that language is an autonomous (indeed, innate) cognitive faculty or module, separated from non-linguistic cognitive abilities;
The basic corollaries of this hypotheses are that the representation of linguistic knowledge is essentially the same as the representation of other conceptual structures, and that the processes in which that knowledge is used are not fundamentally different from cognitive abilities that human beings use outside the domain of language.
The first corollary is essentially that linguistic knowledge – knowledge of meaning and form – is basically conceptual. Cognitive linguists argue that syntactic, morphological and phonological representation is also basically conceptual.
In fact, sounds and utterances must be comprehended and produced, and both of those processes involve the MIND. Sounds and utterances are the input and output of cognitive processes that govern speaking and understanding.
The second corollary is that the cognitive processes that govern language use, in particular the construction and communication of meaning by language, are in principle the same as other cognitive abilities.
From a cognitive perspective, language is the real-time perception and production of a temporal sequence of discrete, structured symbolic units.
- Teacher: KONE KIYOFON ANTOINE