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Construction Learning as a Complex Adaptive System

Psycholinguistic Evidence from L2 Learners of English


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Education book series (BRIEFSEDUCAT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Constructional Approaches to Language Complexity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Annalisa Baicchi
      Pages 3-8
    3. Annalisa Baicchi
      Pages 33-47
    4. Annalisa Baicchi
      Pages 49-75
  3. Experimental Studies. Psycholinguistic Evidence of Constructional Meaning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Annalisa Baicchi
      Pages 79-86
    3. Annalisa Baicchi
      Pages 87-97
    4. Annalisa Baicchi
      Pages 99-110
    5. Annalisa Baicchi
      Pages 111-119
    6. Annalisa Baicchi
      Pages 121-131

About this book


This book presents the current state of the art on Construction Grammar models and usage-based language learning research. It reports on three psycholinguistic experiments conducted with the participation of university-level Italian learners of English, whose second language proficiency corresponds to levels B1 and B2 of the ‘Common European Framework of Reference for Languages’ (CEFR). This empirical research on the role of constructions in the facilitation of language learning contributes to assessing how bilinguals deal with L2 constructions in the light of sentence-sorting, sentence-elicitation, and sentence-completion tasks. Divided into two parts, the book first introduces the main theoretical prerequisites and then reports on the experimental studies. It provides a comprehensive review of the current research in a range of disciplines, including complexity theories, cognitive semantics, construction grammars, usage-based linguistics, and language learning.


complex adaptive systems complex dynamics of meaning construction complexity theories construction grammars constructional approaches to language complexity embodiment in cognition and language emergentism lexical constructional model

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Dept. of Humanities, Section of Theoretical and Applied LinguisticsUniversity of PaviaPaviaItaly

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Construction Learning as a Complex Adaptive System
  • Book Subtitle Psycholinguistic Evidence from L2 Learners of English
  • Authors Annalisa Baicchi
  • Series Title SpringerBriefs in Education
  • Series Abbreviated Title SpringerBriefs in Education
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Education (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-18268-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-18269-8
  • Series ISSN 2211-1921
  • Series E-ISSN 2211-193X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 131
  • Number of Illustrations 10 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Language Education
    Learning & Instruction
    Educational Psychology
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