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4 - The Taxonomic Network

from Part II - Signs as Networks

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  12 August 2019

Holger Diessel
Affiliation:
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena, Germany
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All aspects of linguistic knowledge are ultimately based on speakers’ experience with lexical expressions, but of course, knowledge of language, notably, grammar, exceeds their memory of particular lexical tokens. It is a standard assumption of the usage-based approach that grammar involves a taxonomic network of constructions ranging from prefabricated strings of lexical expressions to highly abstract schemas. Chapter 4 describes the taxonomic organization of constructions and their development in L1 acquisition and language change. It includes a detailed discussion of current research on statistical grammar learning in infancy, the acquisition of constructions during the preschool years and two case studies on the rise of constructional schemas in language history.

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The Grammar Network
How Linguistic Structure Is Shaped by Language Use
, pp. 43 - 62
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2019

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  • The Taxonomic Network
  • Holger Diessel, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena, Germany
  • Book: The Grammar Network
  • Online publication: 12 August 2019
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108671040.004
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  • The Taxonomic Network
  • Holger Diessel, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena, Germany
  • Book: The Grammar Network
  • Online publication: 12 August 2019
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108671040.004
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  • The Taxonomic Network
  • Holger Diessel, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena, Germany
  • Book: The Grammar Network
  • Online publication: 12 August 2019
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108671040.004
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