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The scope of usage-based theory

Ibbotson, Paul (2013). The scope of usage-based theory. Frontiers in Psychology , 4, article no. 255.

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Abstract

Usage-based approaches typically draw on a relatively small set of cognitive processes, such as categorization, analogy, and chunking to explain language structure and function. The goal of this paper is to first review the extent to which the “cognitive commitment” of usage-based theory has had success in explaining empirical findings across domains, including language acquisition, processing, and typology. We then look at the overall strengths and weaknesses of usage-based theory and highlight where there are significant debates. Finally, we draw special attention to a set of culturally generated structural patterns that seem to lie beyond the explanation of core usage-based cognitive processes. In this context we draw a distinction between cognition permitting language structure vs. cognition entailing language structure. As well as addressing the need for greater clarity on the mechanisms of generalizations and the fundamental units of grammar, we suggest that integrating culturally generated structures within existing cognitive models of use will generate tighter predictions about how language works.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 Ibbotson
ISSN: 1664-1078
Extra Information: 15 pp.
Keywords: usage-based; language processing; language-acquisition; typology; cultural learning
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Childhood Studies
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Item ID: 37584
Depositing User: Paul Ibbotson
Date Deposited: 14 May 2013 09:53
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 16:26
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/37584
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