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ERIC Number: EJ797426
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 7
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0093-934X
A Critique of Mark D. Allen's "The Preservation of Verb Subcategory Knowledge in a Spoken Language Comprehension Deficit"
Kemmerer, David
Brain and Language, v106 n1 p72-78 Jul 2008
Allen [Allen, M. (2005). "The preservation of verb subcategory knowledge in a spoken language comprehension deficit." "Brain and Language, 95", 255-264.] reports a single patient, WBN, who, during spoken language comprehension, is still able to access some of the syntactic properties of verbs despite being unable to access some of their semantic properties. Allen claims that these findings challenge linguistic theories which assume that much of the syntactic behavior of verbs can be predicted from their meanings. I argue, however, that this conclusion is not supported by the data for two reasons: first, Allen focuses on aspects of verb syntax that are "not" claimed to be influenced by verb semantics; and second, he ignores aspects of verb syntax that "are" claimed to be influenced by verb semantics. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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