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The scientific study of human language.

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computer-assisted language learning (CALL)

Language; Linguistics

The use of a computer in the teaching or learning of a second or foreign language.

formal idioms

Language; Linguistics

Idioms of this kind provide a syntactic frame or template into which different lexical items can be inserted. An example of a formal idiom is the let alone construction. The template provided by this ...


Language; Linguistics

The pursuit of lexicography is divided into two related disciplines: * Practical lexicography is the art or craft of compiling, writing and editing dictionaries. * Theoretical lexicography is the ...

cognitive commitment

Language; Linguistics

One of the two foundational commitments of cognitive linguistics. Represents the view that the principles of linguistic structure should reflect what is known about human cognition from other ...

Utterance Selection Theory

Language; Linguistics

A usage-based theory of language change developed by William Croft . This theory views language use as the interface that mediates between the conventions of a language (those aspects of use that ...


Language; Linguistics

A glossary is a list of terms in a particular domain of knowledge with the definitions for those terms. Traditionally, a glossary appears at the end a book and includes terms within that book which ...

construction grammar

Language; Linguistics

A theory of grammar developed by Charles Fillmore, Paul Kay and their collaborators. While this theory is broadly generative in orientation, it sets the scene for the development of cognitively ...

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