Do as I say, not as I do : a lexical distributional account of English locative verb class acquisition

Twomey, Katherine and Chang, Franklin and Ambridge, Ben (2014) Do as I say, not as I do : a lexical distributional account of English locative verb class acquisition. Cognitive Psychology, 73. pp. 41-71. ISSN 0010-0285

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Children overgeneralise verbs to ungrammatical structures early in acquisition, but retreat from these overgeneralisations as they learn semantic verb classes. In a large corpus of English locative utterances (e.g., the woman sprayed water onto the wall/wall with water), we found structural biases which changed over development and which could explain overgeneralisation behaviour. Children and adults had similar verb classes and a correspondence analysis suggested that lexical distributional regularities in the adult input could help to explain the acquisition of these classes. A connectionist model provided an explicit account of how structural biases could be learned over development and how these biases could be reduced by learning verb classes from distributional regularities.

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Cognitive Psychology
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The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Developmental Psychology 73, 2014, © ELSEVIER.
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?? language acquisitionverb semanticsdistributional learningconnectionist modellingcorpus analysisartificial intelligenceneuropsychology and physiological psychologylinguistics and languageexperimental and cognitive psychologydevelopmental and educational ps ??
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