Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Situation alignment and routinization in language acquisition

Peter F. Dominey a1
a1 Institut des Sciences Cognitives, CNRS UMR 5015, 69675 BRON Cedex, France


Pickering & Garrod (P&G) describe a mechanism by which the situation models of dialog participants become progressively aligned via priming at different levels. This commentary attempts to characterize how alignment and routinization can be extended into the language acquisition domain by establishing links between alignment and joint attention, and between routinization and grammatical construction learning.