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There is good evidence that these factors first play out in learning to comprehend the L2. The analyses of NNS here are done irrespective of total accuracy of form in production. , the Basic Variety so clearly identified and analyzed in the original ESF project (Klein & Purdue, 1992; Perdue, 1993). This typically involves a pragmatic topiccomment word ordering, where old information goes first and new information follows. ] # put in the table 37 38 Nick C. Ellis Comprehending which verbs go with which arguments in which VACs is the start of the process.

The Zipfian frequency profiles (Figure 5) for the types/tokens confirm H3. The acquisition functions (Ellis & Ferreira-Junior, 2009a, Figures 5–7) showed in each case that the first-learned verb seeded the construction and predominated in its cumulative usage, but thereafter the construction grew in membership as verbs similar in meaning to the pathbreaker joined one at a time. Language use exhibits recency effects in the ‘dance of dialogue’ whereby the constructions used by one speaker affect the use and availability of the same constructions in their conversation partner (Pickering, 2006; Pickering & Garrod, 2006).

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