ERIC Number: EJ774877
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
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Frequency of Basic English Grammatical Structures: A Corpus Analysis
Roland, Douglas; Dick, Frederic; Elman, Jeffrey L.
Journal of Memory and Language, v57 n3 p348-379 Oct 2007
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.
Descriptors: Sentence Structure, Psycholinguistics, Grammar, Child Language, Language Acquisition, Linguistic Theory, English, Computational Linguistics, Language Processing, Aphasia, Comparative Analysis, Language Research
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