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2013, vol. 10, iss. 25, pp. 171-182
Applied aspects of cognitive linguistics: Teaching foreign language grammar
University of Kragujevac, Faculty of Philology and Arts

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Keywords: cognitive linguistics; EFL grammar instruction; foreign language acquisition; expressing the past
Abstract
The aim of this Paper is to relate cognitive to applied linguistics and to show how cognitive grammar can be used in EFL context as a pedagogically effective basis for explicit explanations of target language structures. The past, present and present perfect tense in English will be presented as flexible linguistic means whose choice depends not only on the system of a given language but on the decision of the speaker as well. Their flexibility will be regarded as a reflection of different conceptualizations of the situation. It is our aim to draw attention to the importance of grammatical choice in the process of foreign language acquisition. Although not empirically tested yet, cognitive grammar may prove to be a unique tool in foreign language teaching.
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article language: Serbian
document type: Original Scientific Paper
published in SCIndeks: 07/11/2013