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Language, Usage and Cognition
A theory of language is outlined that addresses the nature of grammar, taking into account its variance and gradience, and seeks explanation in terms of the recurrent processes that operate in language use. Expand
Regular morphology and the lexicon.
The interaction of phonological properties of lexical patterns with frequency and the interaction of type and token frequency are shown to influence degree of productivity in three models of morphological storage and processing. Expand
Phonology and Language Use
A usage-based model for phonology and morphology is used and the rise and fall of French liaison and Universals, synchrony and diachrony is studied. Expand
From Usage to Grammar: The Mind's Response to Repetition
It is argued that high-frequency instances of constructions undergo grammaticization processes (which produce further change), function as the central members of categories formed by constructions, and retain their old forms longer than lower- frequencies instances under the pressure of newer formations. Expand
Word frequency and context of use in the lexical diffusion of phonetically conditioned sound change
  • Joan L. Bybee
  • Computer Science
  • Language Variation and Change
  • 1 October 2002
An alternate exemplar model that can account for lexical variation in phonetic detail is outlined here, which predicts that the frequency with which words are used in the contexts for change will affect how readily the word undergoes a change in progress. Expand
Frequency of Use and the Organization of Language
This volume collects three decades of articles by distinguish linguist Joan Bybee. Her articles essentially argue for the importance of frequency of use as a factor in the analysis and explanation ofExpand
Language Is a Complex Adaptive System: Position Paper
Language has a fundamentally social function. Processes of human interaction along with domain-general cognitive processes shape the structure and knowledge of language. Recent research in theExpand
The effect of usage on degrees of constituency: the reduction of don't in English
Abstract In this paper we take the position that there are many degrees of constituency and that these derive in a direct manner from the frequency with which elements are used together: elementsExpand