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Academic Paper

Title: Two-year-olds' productivity with verbal inflections
Author: Jill Hohenstein
Institution: King's College London
Author: Nameera Akhtar
Institution: University of California
Linguistic Field: Psycholinguistics
Subject Language: English
Abstract: Previous research has examined children's ability to add inflections to nonsense words. The current experiments were designed to determine whether children, ranging in age from 1;9 to 2;10 (=34), could demonstrate productivity by dropping verbal inflections. In , children added -ed and -ing to novel stems, and dropped them from novel inflected forms and did so largely appropriately. In , they dropped -ing from verbs, but not from nouns, suggesting that when young children drop inflections they tend to do so appropriately, and not simply for ease of pronunciation.


This article appears IN Journal of Child Language Vol. 34, Issue 4.

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