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The countering of overgeneralization.
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PMID:  12471977     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Commenting on Goldberg's (1995) 'construction grammar', Tomasello (1998) proposes a model of language acquisition in which children move from highly specific utterance-event pairings to abstract, verb-general structures. Despite their many strengths, models of this kind predict considerably more overgeneralization of the argument structures of verbs than seems to occur. In recognition of this, the paper explains (and supports with data from a previously unpublished study of 44 children aged 2;0 to 4;4) how processes which are side effects of the emergence of the verb form class could counter the overgeneralizing tendencies. It is argued that these processes are consistent not just with the model proposed by Tomasello but also (in large part) with the grammatical theory developed by Goldberg.
Christine J Howe
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of child language     Volume:  29     ISSN:  0305-0009     ISO Abbreviation:  J Child Lang     Publication Date:  2002 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-12-10     Completed Date:  2003-01-10     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0425743     Medline TA:  J Child Lang     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  875-95     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, University of Strathclyde, 40 George Street, Glasgow G1 1QE, Scotland.
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MeSH Terms
Child Language*
Child, Preschool
Generalization (Psychology)*

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