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《Foreign Language Teaching and Research》 2011-05
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Functional and cognitive grammars

Anna Siewierska Lancaster University  
This paper presents a comprehensive review of the functional approach and cognitive approach to the nature of language and its relation to other aspects of human cognition.The paper starts with a brief discussion of the origins and the core tenets of the two approaches in Section 1.Section 2 discusses the similarities and differences between the three full-fledged structural functional grammars subsumed in the functional approach:Halliday's Systemic Functional Grammar(SFG),Dik's Functional Grammar(FG),and Van Valin's Role and Reference Grammar(RRG).Section 3 deals with the major features of the three cognitive frameworks:Langacker's Cognitive Grammar(CG),Goldberg's Cognitive Construction Grammar(CCG),and Croft's Radical Construction Grammar(RCG).Section 4 compares the two approaches and attempts to provide a unified functional-cognitive grammar.In the last section,the author concludes the paper with remarks on the unidirectional shift from functional grammar to cognitive grammar that may indicate a reinterpretation of the traditional relationship between functional and cognitive models of grammar.
【CateGory Index】: H314
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