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Unformatted text preview: 5: What are the thre e main e le me nts of the "pov e rty-of-the -stimulus" argume nt? (3 bulle t
1. Children rapidly and uniform ly ac quire language
2. Children are only expos ed to a lim ited am ount of data
3. Children c onverge on a gram m ar that is able to interpret unfam iliar s entenc es .
Q6: Prov ide an e xample supporting the "pov e rty-of-the -stimulus" argume nt. (2-3 se nte nce s)
Res earc h on the relation between plural form ation and c om pounding provides an exam ple of the “povertyof-the-s tim ulus ” argum ent. This res earc h s how that irregular plurals are ac c eptable in a c om pound (e.g.,
m ic e-infes ted), whereas regular plurals (e.g., rats -infes ted) are not. Although plurals ins ide of
c om pounds are rare, c hildren allow irregular plurals , but not regular plurals , ins ide of c om pounds , whic h
s ugges ts that our m inds are bias ed to learn one kind of gram m ar and not another.
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