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The constructivist approach

Lieven, Elena and Brandt, Silke (2011) The constructivist approach. Infancia y aprendizaje, 34 (3). pp. 281-296. ISSN 0210-3702

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Abstract

In this article we outline the constructivist (or usage-based) approach to children's language development. We argue that linguistic abstractions emerge from the interaction between children's desire to communicate, their intention-reading skills and a distributional analysis of the input. We illustrate our approach by discussing: the development of constituency; inflectional marking; utterance level constructions; more complex syntax in the form of complement-clause structures and relative clauses. We also address explanations for some systematic errors made by English-speaking children that have been much discussed in the literature: optional infinitive errors, accusative for nominative errors and wh-inversion errors. We conclude with some outstanding issues for this approach.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Infancia y aprendizaje
Uncontrolled Keywords: USAGE-BASED THEORY ; FIRST LANGUAGE ACQUISITION ; SYNTACTIC DEVELOPMENT ; GRAMMATICAL ; ERRORS
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
ID Code: 58816
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 03 Oct 2012 13:55
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2012 13:55
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/58816

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