Publication details [#60509]

Iwasaki, Shoichi. 2015. A multiple-grammar model of speakers’ linguistic knowledge. Cognitive Linguistics 26 (2) : 161–210.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
De Gruyter


This article employs the ‘multiple grammars’ notion to debate an individual speaker’s cognitive organization of grammar. Spoken and written language settings offer unique stimuli for forming grammar, whilst extra grammar sets for particular genres may be aqcuired also. Speakers may perform routine linguistic activities in casual conversation by using reusable formulaic expressions of different types, but when they conduct more intricate verbal tasks, they may use more abstract grammatical resources covering those that were learned from written language. These suggestions are examined via text and statistical analyses of various Japanese discourse samples.