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Unformatted text preview: 99.3% of what kids are exposed to is grammatical Negative evidence: Feedback that a string of words is ungrammatical Parents dont usually do this Can children learn grammar just through exposure to grammatical utterances? Imitation But it cant account for all of grammar acquisition, because: Child Errors: Parent says: Wash your feet or Get your foot off me Child says: I washed my feets or He gots his foots on me Not imitation mistakes A child isnt a passive recipient of grammar Child contributions to acquisition of a grammar: Brain-language relation Rule-learning strategies (unconscious information processing) Pay attention to word order To ends of words Avoid exceptions...
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- Fall '08