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Construction Grammar and Its Application to Second Language Acquisition

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DOI: 10.23977/curtm.2021.040610 | Downloads: 211 | Views: 2572


Xinglong Wang 1,2


1 School of Foreign Languages, Chongqing Jiaotong University, Chongqing, China
2 College of International Studies, Southwest University, Chongqing, China

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Xinglong Wang


Construction is a basic unit of language acquisition. It involves multiple aspects of language, from morphemes, words, phrases to sentences. In a sharp contrast to generative grammar as well as traditional grammar, construction grammar makes some progress. Its principles are partially applied to the second language acquisition but most of the studies related are restricted to a narrow areas and lack of systematicness. This paper will summarize the advancement of construction grammar and list some main standpoints about how to utilize construction grammar to optimize language teaching and learning. In the final section, the paper will discuss the limitations of these research in terms of research achievements and methods.


Construction grammar; generative grammar; second language acquisition


Xinglong Wang, Construction Grammar and Its Application to Second Language Acquisition. Curriculum and Teaching Methodology (2021) 4: 59-65. DOI:


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