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date: 25 January 2021

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This chapter analyzes first language acquisition in the context of Construction Grammar. It provides an overview of usage-based research in first language acquisition that is based on assumptions of Construction Grammar and considers some basic assumptions of Construction Grammar that underlie the usage-based approach to first language acquisition. The chapter also considers the lexical specificity of early pivot schemas that children use, and their relationship to the verb-argument constructions which typify adult language.

Keywords: first language acquisition, Construction Grammar, usage-based research, lexical specificity, children, verb-argument constructions, adult language

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