COGS 101C - SRS 14b - Sample Solutions

Bergen during office hours or discussion section q1

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Unformatted text preview: ergen during office hours or discussion section. Q1. Choose one of the major theories of language acquisition. Explain w hy the need for constraints on children's linguistic abstractions poses a problem for the theory and provide one simple solution (2-3 sentences). In usage-based theories children abstract as they learn; however, children can't do this indiscriminately because they must make only the generalizations that are appropriate for the language they are learning. One simple solution is that the children's overgeneralization tendencies are constrained by the linguistic environment such that when children overgeneralize and produce errors, adults correct them. Q2...
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