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Overregularization in language acquisition.
Children extend regular grammatical patterns to irregular words, resulting in overregularizations like comed, often after a period of correct performance ("U-shaped development"). Expand
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Rule learning by seven-month-old infants.
A fundamental task of language acquisition is to extract abstract algebraic rules. Expand
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German Inflection: The Exception That Proves the Rule
We find 21 such circumstances for regular past tense formation, including novel, unusual-sounding, and rootless and headless derived words; in every case, people inflect them regularly (explaining quirks like flied out, sabre-tooths, walkmans). Expand
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The Algebraic Mind: Integrating Connectionism and Cognitive Science
In The Algebraic Mind, Gary Marcus attempts to integrate two theories about how the mind works, one that says that the mind is a computer-like manipulator of symbols, and another that says that theExpand
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Rethinking Eliminative Connectionism
  • G. Marcus
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • 1 December 1998
Humans routinely generalize universal relationships to unfamiliar instances. If we are told "if glork then frum," and "glork," we can infer "frum"; any name that serves as the subject of a sentenceExpand
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Regular and irregular inflection in the acquisition of German noun plurals
In this paper we study the acquisition of German noun plurals in relation to the question of how children represent regular and irregular inflection. Pinker and Prince (1992) have demonstratedExpand
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Infant Rule Learning Facilitated by Speech
Sequences of speech sounds play a central role in human cognitive life, and the principles that govern such sequences are crucial in determining the syntax and semantics of natural languages. InfantsExpand
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Negative evidence in language acquisition
Whether children require "negative evidence" (i.e., information about which strings of words are not grammatical sentences) to eliminate their ungrammatical utterances is a central question inExpand
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Children's overregularization of English plurals: a quantitative analysis.
  • G. Marcus
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of child language
  • 1 June 1995
This paper brings a quantitative study of children's noun plural overregularizations (foots, mans) to bear on recent comparisons of connectionist and symbolic models of language. The speech of 10Expand
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Stepwise acquisition of vocal combinatorial capacity in songbirds and human infants
Human language, as well as birdsong, relies on the ability to arrange vocal elements in new sequences. However, little is known about the ontogenetic origin of this capacity. Here we track theExpand
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