Discovering Verbs Through Multiple-Cue Integration

Morten H. Christiansen and Padraic Monaghan

in Action Meets Word

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780195170009
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893300 | DOI:
Discovering Verbs Through Multiple-Cue Integration

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This chapter discusses how children may accomplish the difficult task of verb learning, focusing on the integration of multiple language-internal cues to verb forms. It first reviews previous work on multiple-cue integration. It then reports results from novel analyses of corpora of English child-directed speech, pointing to different roles for distributional and phonological cues in the learning of nouns and verbs. Finally, the chapter relates the differential roles of cues to differences in semantic support for nouns and verbs in language-external information, and discusses the possible implications of the results for the understanding of word learning more generally.

Keywords: verbs; verb learning; multiple-cue integration; verb forms; word learning

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Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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