Syntactic Development: Construction Grammar Perspective

Devin M. Casenhiser

In: Encyclopedia of Language Development

Syntactic Development: Construction Grammar Perspective

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  • Describing the construction grammar perspective of syntactic development entails a treatment of three areas of theory. First is an explanation of what constructions are and how they differ from traditional (i.e., generative) notions of syntactic constructions. Second is a discussion of how constructions are learned, including a discussion of the usage-based approach to language learning, which greatly informs the notion of constructions as psychological entities and must therefore be understood in order to understand constructions themselves. Finally, is a description of how children's knowledge and use of constructions develop over time and how this developmental course is reflected in construction theory.


    To begin with, one must first understand what is learned as syntax develops. That is, one must first understand what a construction is. Constructions are ...

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