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      Frequency of basic English grammatical structures: A corpus analysis

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      Journal of Memory and Language
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          Abstract

          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.

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          Journal
          Journal of Memory and Language
          Journal of Memory and Language
          Elsevier BV
          0749596X
          October 2007
          October 2007
          : 57
          : 3
          : 348-379
          Article
          10.1016/j.jml.2007.03.002
          2722756
          19668599
          2af80aa1-dc47-4d8c-a944-a85b11424a9a
          © 2007

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