From Usage to Grammar: The Mind's Response to Repetition

  title={From Usage to Grammar: The Mind's Response to Repetition},
  author={Joan Bybee},
  pages={711 - 733}
  • Joan Bybee
  • Published 8 January 2007
  • Linguistics
  • Language
A usage-based view takes grammar to be the cognitive organization of one's experience with language. Aspects of that experience, for instance, the frequency of use of certain constructions or particular instances of constructions, have an impact on representation that is evidenced in speaker knowledge of conventionalized phrases and in language variation and change. It is shown that particular instances of constructions can acquire their own pragmatic, semantic, and phonological characteristics… 

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