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The retreat from locative overgeneralisation errors: A novel verb grammaticality judgment study

Bidgood, A, Ambridge, B, Pine, JM and Rowland, CF (2014) The retreat from locative overgeneralisation errors: A novel verb grammaticality judgment study. PLoS One, 9 (5). ISSN 1932-6203

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Whilst some locative verbs alternate between the ground- and figure-locative constructions (e.g. Lisa sprayed the flowers with water/Lisa sprayed water onto the flowers), others are restricted to one construction or the other (e.g.*Lisa filled water into the cup/*Lisa poured the cup with water). The present study investigated two proposals for how learners (aged 5-6, 9-10 and adults) acquire this restriction, using a novel-verb-learning grammaticality-judgment paradigm. In support of the semantic verb class hypothesis, participants in all age groups used the semantic properties of novel verbs to determine the locative constructions (ground/figure/both) in which they could and could not appear. In support of the frequency hypothesis, participants' tolerance of overgeneralisation errors decreased with each increasing level of verb frequency (novel/low/high). These results underline the need to develop an integrated account of the roles of semantics and frequency in the retreat from argument structure overgeneralisation. © 2014 Bidgood et al.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humans; Language; Language Development; Verbal Learning; Judgment; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Vocabulary; Adult; Child; Child, Preschool; Female; Male; Young Adult; Generalization, Psychological; Adult; Child; Child, Preschool; Female; Generalization, Psychological; Humans; Judgment; Language; Language Development; Male; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Verbal Learning; Vocabulary; Young Adult; General Science & Technology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Psychology (from Sep 2019)
Publisher: Public Library of Science
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2022 11:04
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2022 11:15
DOI or ID number: 10.1371/journal.pone.0097634
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/17342
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