Frequency vs. Association for Constraint Selection in Usage-Based Construction Grammar

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[Poster]

A usage-based Construction Grammar (CxG) posits that slot-constraints generalize from common exemplar constructions. But what is the best model of constraint generalization? This paper evaluates competing frequency-based and association-based models across eight languages using a metric derived from the Minimum Description Length paradigm. The experiments show that association-based models produce better generalizations across all languages by a significant margin.

[Datasets: https://labbcat.canterbury.ac.nz/download/?jonathandunn/CxG_Data_FixedSize]

[Code: https://github.com/jonathandunn/c2xg/]


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