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Title: Learning to Categorize Verbs and Nouns
Subtitle: Studies on Dutch
Written By: Marian Erkelens
Series Title: LOT Dissertation Series
Description:

Verbs and nouns are elementary notions in linguistics, so the question how
children learn to categorize verbs and nouns in their first language is an
intriguing one. Children not only have to learn to identify verbs and nouns
as belonging to different categories based on perception, they also have to
learn what verbs and nouns are using them in an adult-like manner. This
book investigates when and how Dutch children are successful in these two
tasks by means of production and perception studies.

An analysis of corpus data shows that Dutch children use verbs and nouns in
an adult-like manner from their earliest combining of words onwards.
Two-year-olds know that verbs and nouns are used differently in sentences
and are able to use this knowledge.

Two perception experiments using the head-turn preference procedure confirm
that children are able to categorize verbs and nouns at an early stage.
Dutch 16-month-olds were trained on nonsense words embedded in contexts in
which verbs and nouns frequently occur in child-directed speech. They were
able to categorize the nonsense words if the contexts were local enough.
Frequently co-occurring bound morphemes provide such a categorizing context
for Dutch, whereas frequently co-occurring words do not. Dutch is different
in this respect to English.

The conclusion of this study is that categorization of verbs and nouns
starts very early in language development. It is based on the perception of
category indicative properties but these differ across languages.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke (LOT)
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Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics
Language Acquisition
Subject Language(s): Dutch
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9789078328919