An open-ended computational construction grammar for Spanish verb conjugation

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The Spanish verb phrase can take on many forms, depending on the temporal, aspectual and modal interpretation that a speaker wants to convey. At least half a dozen constructions work together to build or analyze even the simplest verb form such as hablo 'I speak'. This paper documents how the complete Spanish verb conjugation system can be operationalized in a computational construction grammar formalism, namely Fluid Construction Grammar. Moreover, it shows how starting from a seed grammar that handles regular morphology and grammar one can create a productive grammar that captures systematicity in Spanish verb conjugation and can expand its construction inventory when new verbs are encountered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)278-301
Number of pages24
JournalConstructions and Frames
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Construction learning
  • Constructional morphology
  • Fluid Construction Grammar
  • Grammar fragment
  • Spanish verbs


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