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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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- Spring '08