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Academic Paper

Title: Constructivist Approaches to First Language Acquisition
Author: Heike BEHRENS
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition; Linguistic Theories; Morphology; Syntax
Abstract: Constructivist approaches to language acquisition predict that form-function mappings are derived from distributional patterns in the input, and their contextual embedding. This requires a detailed analysis of the input, and the integration of information from different contingencies. Regarding the acquisition of morphology, it is shown which types of information leads to the induction of (lexical) categories, and to paradigm building. Regarding the acquisition of word order, it is shown how languages with fixed or variable word order profit from stable syntactic hyperschemas, but require a more detailed analyses of the form-function contingencies to identify the underlying, more specific semantic, syntactic and morphological patterns. At a theoretical level, it is shown how findings from acquisition and processing converge into new linguistic theories that aim to account for regular as well as irregular phenomena in language.


This article appears IN Journal of Child Language Vol. 48, Issue 5, which you can READ on Cambridge's site .

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