ERIC Number: EJ781120
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
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Two-Year-Olds' Productivity with Verbal Inflections
Hohenstein, Jill; Akhtar, Nameera
Journal of Child Language, v34 n4 p861-873 Nov 2007
Previous research has examined children's ability to add inflections to nonsense words. The current experiments were designed to determine whether children, ranging in age from 1 ; 9 to 2 ; 10 (N=34), could demonstrate productivity by dropping verbal inflections. In, children added "-ed" and "-ing" to novel stems, and dropped them from novel inflected forms and did so largely appropriately. In , they dropped "-ing" from verbs, but not from nouns, suggesting that when young children drop inflections they tend to do so appropriately, and not simply for ease of pronunciation.
Descriptors: Nouns, Language Research, Language Acquisition, Child Language, Toddlers, Morphemes, Verbs
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Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Bethesda, MD.; California Univ., Santa Cruz.
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