The relation between linguistic analogies and lexical categories*

LouAnn Gerken, Rachel Wilson, Rebecca Gómez and Erika Nurmsoo

in Analogy in Grammar

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780199547548
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720628 | DOI:
The relation between linguistic analogies and lexical categories*

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This chapter examines evidence that adults and infants can learn proto-categories through morphological paradigms in which a subset of the categories are double-marked. It is possible that the requirement for double-marking of categories provides evidence for analogy as a category learning mechanism. Experimental results allow for a refinement of factors contributing to ‘good analogies’. These refinements, in turn, may lead to advances in the understanding of syntactic category acquisition.

Keywords: analogy; morpho-syntax; psycholinguistics; language acquisition; syntactic category acquisition

Chapter.  6419 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Psycholinguistics

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