CONSTRUCTION LEARNING AND SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION

Adele E. Goldberg, Devin Casenhiser

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Abstract

How do speakers express their ideas in formal strings and how do listeners interpret formal strings as meaningful messages? Children need to learn the way that meaning is expressed formally in order to both produce and comprehend language; that is, they need to learn the form-function correspondences of their language: the constructions. Over the past two decades, a new approach to language has been developed in which constructions take center stage as the basic units of language. According to the constructionist perspective, language consists of a network of learned, interrelated form-function correspondences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Cognitive Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages197-215
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781135604196
ISBN (Print)9780203938560
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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