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Book: The Cognitive Linguistics Reader

Chapter: 24. A Usage-based Approach to Child Language Acquisition

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.31570


In this essay, the author synthesises some of his research on child language acquisition, focusing on the acquisition of syntactic categories and argues from a perspective that is at odds with the one (rule-based) that has long been dominant in research on language acquisition. His usage-based perspective shows its potential as a challenge to cognitivist treatments of language and cognition,

Chapter Contributors

  • Michael Tomasello ( - mtomasello) 'Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology'