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Frequency of basic English grammatical structures: a corpus analysis

Roland, D. and Dick, Frederic and Elman, J.L. (2007) Frequency of basic English grammatical structures: a corpus analysis. Journal of Memory and Language 57 (3), 348 - 379. ISSN 0749-596X.

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Many recent models of language comprehension have stressed the role of distributional frequencies in determining the relative accessibility or ease of processing associated with a particular lexical item or sentence structure. However, there exist relatively few comprehensive analyses of structural frequencies, and little consideration has been given to the appropriateness of using any particular set of corpus frequencies in modeling human language. We provide a comprehensive set of structural frequencies for a variety of written and spoken corpora, focusing on structures that have played a critical role in debates on normal psycholinguistics, aphasia, and child language acquisition, and compare our results with those from several recent papers to illustrate the implications and limitations of using corpus data in psycholinguistic research.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Corpus, verb subcategorization, frequency, word order, sentence processing
School: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
Research Centre: Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2011 13:31
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2016 11:18

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