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Human minds track multiple factors related to constituency, and this complex processing correlates with a rich and dynamic structural representation for word sequences. In our model, constituency is the result of interacting influences that are both local and global in nature. The global influences that help shape constituents correspond to general patterns in usage. On the other hand, constituency may also be shaped locally by itemspecific forces over time. If a sequence is consistently used in a particular context (with complex prepositions like in spite of as a case in point), that sequence will gradually form into a unit, overriding general patterns elsewhere in usage.
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