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Query Subject:   Generating Irregular English Past Tense Forms
Author:   Scott McClure
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Psycholinguistics
Language Acquisition

Query:   Hi,

I've been looking at Albright and Hayes (2003) article ''Rules vs.
Analogies in the English Past Tense: A Computational/Experimental Study,''
in which individuals were given a wug test where they had to volunteer and
rate past tense forms for possible English. They found that the subjects
seemed to use rules to generate both standard and irregular past tense
forms. I was wondering if anyone knew of any similar research since the
Allbright and Hayes study, and whether similar research has been done with
children at the age when they tend to over-generalize the ''-ed''
past-tense marker.

Many thanks,
Scott
LL Issue: 16.2594
Date posted: 09-Sep-2005



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