The role of prediction in construction-learning

Adele E. Goldberg, Devin M. Casenhiser, Nitya Sethuraman

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Abstract

It is well-established that (non-linguistic) categorization is driven by a functional demand of prediction. We suggest that prediction likewise may well play a role in motivating the learning of semantic generalizations about argument structure constructions. We report corpora statistics that indicate that the argument frame or construction has roughly equivalent cue validity as a predictor of overall sentence meaning as the morphological form of the verb, and has greater category validity. That is, the construction is at least as reliable and more available than the verb. Moreover, given the fact that many verbs have quite low cue validity in isolation, attention to the contribution of the construction is essential.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)407-426
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Child Language
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Psychology(all)

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