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date: 22 September 2020

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Usage-based theory arises from the finding that language usage has an ongoing effect on language structure, leading to the conclusion that knowledge of usage is inseparable from grammar. This chapter describes a framework to account for the fact that language exhibits both systematic conventionality and systematic paths of change, incorporating exemplar models, networks of rich memory representations, constructions, and the interaction of domain-general cognitive processes.

Keywords: usage, diachronic, frequency, grammaticalization, exemplar models, domain-generality, constructions, complex systems.

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