Definition of cognitivist in English:


Line breaks: cog¦ni¦tiv|ist
Pronunciation: /ˈkɒgnɪtɪvɪst


  • A person who believes or works in cognitive grammar.
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    • 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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  • Relating to cognitive grammar.
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    • 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.





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

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