The Roots of Verbs in Prelinguistic Action Knowledge

Jennifer Sootsman Buresh, Amanda Woodward and Camille W. Brune

in Action Meets Word

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780195170009
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893300 | DOI:
The Roots of Verbs in Prelinguistic Action Knowledge

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This chapter considers infants' prelinguistic action knowledge and how this knowledge might be recruited for verb learning. There are at least two ways in which action knowledge could contribute to verb learning. First, understanding the actions of others is critical for discerning their communicative intentions, and thus provides a foundation for all aspects of language learning not just verb learning. Second, infants' action knowledge must provide some of the initial elements of meaning which come to be conveyed in verbs. The chapter focuses on the second of these issues, since it is unique to verb learning.

Keywords: infants; prelinguisticaction knowledge; verb learning; language acquisition; language learning

Chapter.  9558 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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