A Usage-Based Approach to Recursion in Sentence Processing

  title={A Usage-Based Approach to Recursion in Sentence Processing},
  author={Morten H. Christiansen and Maryellen C. MacDonald},
Most current approaches to linguistic structure suggest that language is recursive, that recursion is a fundamental property of grammar, and that independent performance constraints limit recursive abilities that would otherwise be infinite. This article presents a usage-based perspective on recursive sentence processing, in which recursion is construed as an acquired skill and in which limitations on the processing of recursive constructions stem from interactions between linguistic experience… CONTINUE READING