Usage-Based Language Learning: How it Works

Lead Research Organisation: Cardiff University
Department Name: Sch of English Communication and Philos


The project aims to investigate a radically usage-based approach to the learning of second languages (L2s), including Welsh as an L2. The precise research question will be decided after the initial +1 year. Usage-based theories of language and of language learning have become very influential over the past 15 years, including in explaining first language acquisition. However, its insights have not been widely applied to L2 learning where methodology still follows more traditional understandings of language learning. This project addresses this shortcoming by investigating how fully usage-based L2 learning would work.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
ES/P00069X/1 01/10/2017 30/09/2027
2444194 Studentship ES/P00069X/1 01/10/2020 30/09/2024 Susannah Paice