The role of frequency and distributional regularity in the acquisition of word order

  title={The role of frequency and distributional regularity in the acquisition of word order},
  author={Danielle E. Matthews and Elena Lieven and Anna L. Theakston and Michael Tomasello},
Studies of spontaneous speech (e.g. Pine, Lieven, & Rowland, 1998) have highlighted how children's use of grammatical markers, such as the use of word order to mark agent-patient relations, is often restricted to specific lexical items, rather than being generalized as much as one might expect. This has led to the suggestion that grammatical knowledge is generalised from lexically specific constructions. A major implication of this constructivist view is that grammatical development will be… CONTINUE READING


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