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Constructions in Language Processing

Construction grammars assume that the linguistic knowledge of speakers can be fully characterized in terms of constructions, i.e. pairings of form and meaning with different degrees of complexity and schematicity.

In cognitively oriented versions of construction grammar, it is further assumed that these constructions are based in and emergent from actual usage events. This assumption, which stresses the dynamic character of the inventory of constructions, is of particular relevance to linguistic and computational approaches to the following research areas:

  • Language processing (the scope and interaction of semantic, structural and probabilistic factors in language production and comprehension, etc.);
  • Grammatical modelling (the nature of linguistic representations and the organization of constructional networks etc.);
  • Learning (the abstraction and consolidation of constructional templates from concrete usage events, etc.).


This theme session will provide a forum for pertinent construction-based research from the areas of psycholinguistics, corpus linguistics and natural language processing. Topics to be addressed include:

  • Human language comprehension and production
  • First language acquisition
  • Machine learning
  • Computational implementations of construction grammar