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ERIC Number: EJ827024
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
Acquisition of Singular-Plural Morphology
Wood, Justin N.; Kouider, Sid; Carey, Susan
Developmental Psychology, v45 n1 p202-206 Jan 2009
A manual search paradigm explored the development of English singular-plural comprehension. After being shown a box into which they could reach but not see, infants heard verbal descriptions about the contents of the box (e.g., "There are some cars in the box" vs. "There is a car in the box)" and were then allowed to reach into the box. At 24 months of age, but not at 20 months, infants' search patterns were influenced by verbal number markings. However, verbal number marking did not influence search behavior when plurality was signaled by noun morphology alone. These data converge with parental reports and preferential looking studies concerning the developmental course of mastery of English plural marking and show that infants can create a mental model of the number of objects on the basis of singular-plural morphology alone. (Contains 1 figure and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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