I have several friends who are strict Generativists/Formalists and I want to start a little series that summarizes information about topics that sometimes get muddled up in cross-theoretical discussions. This is the first in the series.
In the Cognitive Enterprise semantics drives the modeling in grammar (which is why it is a functional model). Grammar does not strictly mean syntax, as formal theories assume, but entails the entire package of language. Here is how we break down the approaches to semantics and syntax:
- Cognitive Semantics is used as a lens to view the conceptual structure and conceptualization
- Cognitive Grammar is used to view the cognitive principles that give rise to linguistic orientation
- Construction Grammar is used to view the units that emerge from cognitive semantics & comprise the grammar.
Going back through Evans & Green I found that I had written these definitions in the margin of page 49, hopefully they are clear.
Evans. V. & Green. M. (2006). Cognitive Linguistics, an introduction, LEA