• Jeannette Littlemore


Cognitive linguistics is a relatively new discipline which is rapidly becoming mainstream and influential, particularly in the area of second language teaching. It embraces a number of closely related theories of language, all of which are based on the following key claims:
  • there is no autonomous, special-purpose ‘language acquisition device’ that is responsible for language acquisition and language processing;

  • language is ‘usage-based’ in that it is a product of physical interaction with the world;

  • a single set of cognitive processes operates across all areas of language, and these processes are involved in other types of knowledge and learning besides language;

  • words provide only a limited and imperfect means of expression;

  • language is inherently meaningful although grammatical meanings are more abstract than lexical meanings.


Language Learning Language Teaching Lexical Meaning Language Classroom Cognitive Linguistic 
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© Jeannette Littlemore 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeannette Littlemore
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  1. 1.University of BirminghamUK

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