Lecture 16

53 years each verb displays its own set of argument

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Unformatted text preview: to the same grammatical category, and demonstrates knowledge of a particular syntactic arrangement for one, does (s)he also apply that knowledge to the other?   E.g. If you know you can say cut it and cut it with the scissors, then, given that you also know hit it, can you also say hit it with the scissors. Learning grammar   Dense recording studies show that early on (before 2.5 ­3 years)   each verb displays its own set of argument structure patterns   regardless of what the child knows about other verbs   E.g. kids say   I think X, but not I don't think X, He thinks X, I thought X, etc.   I don't like X, He likes X, etc. Learning grammar   Tomasello et al (2001) taped a 2 ­year ­old English learner one hour per day, five days a week, for six weeks (455 utterances).   What was the kid saying? Learning grammar 0% identical to previous child's utterance 4% 0% modification by one bit of a previous utterance 18% two modifications to a previous utterance 78% more complex, but imitation of caregiver more complex, not imitation of caregiver Learning grammar   It seems li...
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