Fluid construction grammar as a biological system

Luc Steels, E. Szathmáry

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Mapping insights and frameworks from one scientific domain to another is often useful because it encourages communication between different scientific fields and acts as a conduit for the exchange of mathematical and computational tools. This paper introduces analogies between concepts and mechanisms from molecular biology and language processing. The main purpose is to find ways for understanding language as a ‘living’, dynamically evolving, self-organizing system. The analogies have been the main source of inspiration for a computational implementation of construction grammar, called Fluid Construction Grammar (FCG). The paper describes briefly the biological analogies underlying FCG and discusses the opportunities for further research that these analogies open up.

Original languageEnglish
Article number20150022
JournalLinguistics Vanguard
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2016



  • Construction grammar
  • Constructional processing
  • Fluid construction grammar
  • Language processing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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