Input effects within a constructionist framework

Jeremy K. Boyd, Adele E. Goldberg

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Constructionist approaches to language hypothesize that grammar can be learned from the input using domain-general mechanisms. This emphasis has engendered a great deal of research - exemplified in the present issue - that seeks to illuminate the ways in which input-related factors can both drive and constrain constructional acquisition. In this commentary piece, we situate results reported by contributors to the present issue within the larger body of acquisition work in the constructionist framework. We address the importance of both type frequency and skewed input samples in the development of constructional categories and we compare different ways that the association between verbs and constructions can be measured, including through the use of conditional probabilities, lexical biases, and introspective judgments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)418-429
Number of pages12
JournalModern Language Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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