Authors' response [The ubiquity of frequency effects in first language acquisition]
Ambridge, B., Kidd, E., Rowland, C. F., & Theakston, A. L.
Authors' response [The ubiquity of frequency effects in first language acquisition]. Journal of Child Language, 42
(2), 316-322. doi:10.1017/S0305000914000841.
Our target paper argued for the ubiquity of frequency effects in acquisition,
and that any comprehensive theory must take into account the multiplicity of
ways that frequently occurring and co-occurring linguistic units affect the
acquisition process. The commentaries on the paper provide a largely
unanimous endorsement of this position, but raise additional issues likely
to frame further discussion and theoretical development. Specifically,
while most commentators did not deny the importance of frequency
effects, all saw this as the tip of the theoretical iceberg. In this short
response we discuss common themes raised in the commentaries, focusing
on the broader issue of what frequency effects mean for language acquisition.