Grammar traces patterns of meaning in the forms of text, image, space, object, body, sound, and speech. Across all forms, patterns of meaning arise in the ever-present and always-simultaneous functions of reference, agency, structure, context, and interest. Grammar is the activity of parsing these patterns, making sense of their meanings. When we parse, we uncover designs. Grammar is the process of identifying and naming patterns in meaning. So, we move away from a narrow definition of grammar as syntax. In text and speech, the patterns of syntax are not separable from the patterns of lexis, semantics, and pragmatics. Text and speech are almost invariably layered into larger patterns of meaning involving also image, space, object, body, and sound. Across all these forms, there are shared patterns of meaning that we call meaning functions. And for that matter, the grammars of text and speech are as different from each other as they are from image, space, object, body, and sound. This is why we stretch the meaning of the word “grammar” beyond its conventionally narrow meanings.