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date: 27 January 2020

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Applied cognitive linguistics is concerned with the acquisitional and pedagogical implications of cognitive linguistics in second and foreign language teaching/learning. In the past, there have been several fruitful attempts to integrate cognitive linguistics into the realm of applied linguistic knowledge. This article discusses applied linguistics and some of the main tenets of second language acquisition in the light of linguistic theories, focusing on how they are related to the cognitive linguistics enterprise. It then gives a brief overview of studies which so far have dealt with pedagogical considerations in light of the theory of cognitive linguistics. It also outlines the major mental principles or operations such as iconicity, construal, and prototypicality, which are relevant for a didactic application of cognitive linguistic theory to practical fields such as organized language learning. Finally, it explores the teaching and learning strategies of specific grammatical and lexical constructions such as phrasal verbs and phraseology.

Keywords: cognitive linguistics, applied linguistics, second language, language acquisition, iconicity, construal, prototypicality, language learning, language teaching, phrasal verbs

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