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ERIC Number: EJ925142
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 36
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 98
ISSN: ISSN-0169-0965
Investigating the Contribution of Procedural and Declarative Memory to the Acquisition of Past Tense Morphology: Evidence from Finnish
Kidd, Evan; Kirjavainen, Minna
Language and Cognitive Processes, v26 n4-6 p794-829 2011
The present paper reports on a study that investigated the role of procedural and declarative memory in the acquisition of Finnish past tense morphology. Two competing models were tested. Ullman's (2004) declarative/procedural model predicts that procedural memory supports the acquisition of regular morphology, whereas declarative memory supports the acquisition of irregular morphology. In contrast, single-route approaches predict that declarative memory should support lexical learning, which in turn should predict morphological acquisition. One-hundred and twenty-four (N = 124) monolingual Finnish-speaking children aged 4;0-6;7 completed tests of procedural and declarative memory, tests of vocabulary knowledge and nonverbal ability, and a test of past test knowledge. The results best supported the single-route approach, suggesting that this account best extends to languages that possess greater morphological complexity than English. (Contains 4 figures, 10 tables, and 8 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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