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American English generative grammar

We people live ON Earth. We usually view lands or seas as extents. We give at least psychological borders to areas IN which we are. We perceive routes and ways TO places. We happen to be AT landmarks and places.

Such are natural human variables for space, in English.

We can employ these variables for language. All kinds of English in the world have four Aspects: Simple, Progressive, Perfect, and Perfect Progressive -- whether American, British, or any other (Chapter 4).

We do not have to abandon classic grammars. We can make human cognitive mapping variables part our natural linguistic potential.

With Language Mapping, we can have grammar names as the Conditional, Unreal Past, or Future in the Past for figurative labels we just operate or desist. We remain with envisioning time in three fields. Everyone has one PRESENT, one PAST, and one FUTURE really.

We can view our knowledge as the light we have. Knowledge needs memory. We happen to forget the detail in PAST things, as the study matter we do not work with. We can envision the light as with a setting sun: there is shine enough, if we want to return to the matter. We do not have memories of the FUTURE, but we can plan our learning: our shine can be as with sunrise. It is our PRESENT we are most capable of shaping.

We learn to think real-time. We do not memorize. Importantly, we do not change language. We refer for examples to the Corpus of Contemporary American English, COCA.

Feel welcome to the dedicated Travel in Grammar website,


American English generative grammar


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