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cognitivist Syllabification: cog·ni·tiv·ist
Pronunciation: /ˈkäɡnədəvəst/

Definition of cognitivist in English:


A person who believes or works in cognitive grammar.
Example sentences
  • If the brain is at the root of all language, then the further claim of cognitivists makes sense: that the everyday and the special are cognitively the same.
  • Along with the digital age, his theory of computation helped inspire the cognitivist revolution, making him, by some lights the first cognitivist.


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Of or relating to cognitive grammar.
Example sentences
  • In the symbolic or cognitivist paradigm, which was dominant in the '70s and '80s, the mind is seen as a symbol-based rule-system.
  • The cognitivist view has become familiar enough: figures of speech are really conceptual structures, crucial both to cognition and culture.


Pronunciation: /-ˌvizəm/


1950s (in the sense 'believing that moral judgments are true or false statements about moral facts'): from cognitive + -ist.

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