ERIC Number: EJ602152
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 1999
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Young Children's Overgeneralizations with Fixed Transitivity Verbs.
Brooks, Patricia J.; Tomasello, Michael; Dodson, Kelly; Lewis, Lawrence B.
Child Development, v70 n6 p1325-37 Nov-Dec 1999
Examined children's tendency to make argument structure overgeneralization errors. Found that 3- to 8-year-olds were more likely to overgeneralize verbs less familiar to them, supporting the hypothesis that verb usage in particular construction types becomes entrenched over time. As children learn transitivity status of particular verbs, they become more reluctant to use them in other argument structure constructions. (Author/KB)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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