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Influences of Object Knowledge on the Acquisition of Verbs in English and Japanese

Alan W. Kersten, Linda B. Smith and Hanako Yoshida

in Action Meets Word

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780195170009
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893300 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195170009.003.0020
Influences of Object Knowledge on the Acquisition of Verbs in English and Japanese

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This chapter reviews the evidence for an influence of object knowledge on verb learning. It discusses whether object knowledge influences the learning of all verbs, or only certain types of verbs. In particular, attention to object structure during verb learning is compared in children learning English, a language which most frequently employs intrinsic manner of motion verbs, and in children learning Japanese, a language which most frequently employs extrinsic paths of motion verbs.

Keywords: object knowledge; verb learning; acquisition of verbs; English language; Japanese language

Chapter.  11192 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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