Convergence in cognitive linguistics
In contrast to the generative tradition, the overall tendency in cognitive linguistics has been convergent rather than divergent. At the outset it was quite diverse, as it did not stem from any single theory, scholar, or object of description. The passing years have seen the recognition of common interests and the integration of various strands of research. Conceptual unifications have been achieved (e.g. the constructional approach to lexicon and grammar; metaphor and grammatical composition as instances of conceptual integration). There has been convergence with other theoretical approaches (even generativism, as it has evolved). From an initial focus on semantics and grammar cognitive linguistics has made contact with other disciplines, methodologies, and sources of evidence. A coherent overall view is emerging.