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Word Grammar, cognitive linguistics and second-language learning and teaching

Richard Hudson

last updated 1 April 2008

Bibliographical information

This chapter was written in January 2006 and published in Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition Edited by Peter Robinson and Nick Ellis, Publisher, Lawrence Erlbaum (2008, pp. 89-113).



The chapter reviews some of the theoretical claims of cognitive linguistics as expressed in Word Grammar, and especially the idea that language is a network. It spells out some consequences of this assumption for the learning and teaching of a second language (L2). It then introduces some principles of learning in a network and explains how they apply to L2, and finishes with some suggestions for teaching L2.