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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.

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This article appears IN Journal of Child Language Vol. 34, Issue 4, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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