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ERIC Number: EJ1049259
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 36
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1048-9223
Animacy and the Acquisition of "Tough" Adjectives
Becker, Misha
Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, v22 n1 p68-103 2015
This article reports on two novel word-learning experiments examining children's use of subject animacy to categorize novel adjectives as either "tough" adjectives (e.g., "easy," "hard") or control adjectives ("afraid," "eager"). In Experiment 1, a group of 4- to 7-year-olds watched videos with story contexts whose dialogues contained novel adjectives. Across two conditions of the experiment novel adjectives were used with either animate or inanimate subjects. Children categorized those adjectives used with inanimate subjects as "tough" adjectives. Experiment 2 presented 3- and 4-year-olds with video dialogues lacking story contexts but containing, depending on the condition, animate or inanimate subjects. Results show that children as young as 3 can categorize novel adjectives as "tough" adjectives when they are encountered with an inanimate subject, but older children (age 4 and up) also require semantic situational cues in categorizing these predicates.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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