Frequency Effects in Language Acquisition

Frequency Effects in Language Acquisition : Defining the Limits of Frequency as an Explanatory Concept

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The book addresses a controversial current topic in language acquisition studies: the impact of frequency on linguistic structure in child language. A major strength of the book is that the role of input frequency in the acquisition process is evaluated in a large variety of languages, topics and the two major theoretical frameworks: UG-based and usage-based accounts. While most papers report a clear frequency effect, different factors that may be interacting with pure statistical effects are critically assessed. An introductory statement is made by Thomas Roeper who calls for caution as he identifies frequency as a non-coherent concept and argues for a precise definition of what can and cannot be explained by statistical effects.
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  • Electronic book text | 422 pages
  • de Gruyter Mouton
  • Berlin, Germany
  • 3110977907
  • 9783110977905

About Insa Gulzow

Insa Gulzow and Natalia Gagarina, Zentrum fur Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS), Berlin, Germany.
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