Why Verbs Are Hard to Learn

Dedre Gentner

in Action Meets Word

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780195170009
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893300 | DOI:
Why Verbs Are Hard to Learn

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This chapter argues that words connect to the world in very different ways, that (concrete) nouns do so more transparently than verbs, and that verb meanings are more linguistically shaped than (concrete) noun meanings. Although many factors at all levels contribute to determining what is learned early by children, these semantic-conceptual factors are certainly among the core influences on how words connect to the world.

Keywords: verbs; nouns; noun meanings; verb meanings

Chapter.  9744 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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