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Language Change, Variation, and Universals$
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Peter W. Culicover

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780198865391

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198865391.001.0001

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Learning, complexity, and competition

Learning, complexity, and competition

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(p.68) 4 Learning, complexity, and competition
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Language Change, Variation, and Universals
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Peter W. Culicover

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198865391.003.0004

This chapter explores how envisioning a language learner as acquiring a grammar made up of constructions allows us to account for change and variation. It explores the idea that change is not solely the responsibility of early language learners, but may also occur as innovations initiated by adult speakers. One key explanatory component is constructional complexity; another is competition between constructions that have overlapping functions.

Keywords:   language acquisition, constructional learning, constructional complexity, constructional competition, constructional innovation

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