Emergent grammar

Marja-Liisa Helasvuo
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Emergent grammar is based on the assumption that grammar is not a discrete set of rules that exist a priori, detached from the contexts of use, but rather, that grammar is provisional and that it emerges in discourse (Hopper 1987, 1988, 1998). This approach has been described by Hopper (1988: 118) in the following way:

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