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date: 16 September 2019

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Usage-based theory takes language to be an embodied and social human behaviour and seeks explanations in that context. This theoretical perspective incorporates the basic insight that usage has an effect on linguistic structure. This chapter discusses the following: background of usage-based theory; domain-general processes; exemplars, networks, and constructions; the role of repetition; language acquisition and adult-based change; and language as a complex adaptive system.

Keywords: usage-based theory, social human behaviour, exemplars, networks, constructions, repetition, language acquisition

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