A cross-linguistic study of early word meaning : universal ontology and linguistic influence

  title={A cross-linguistic study of early word meaning : universal ontology and linguistic influence},
  author={Mutsurni Irnai},
  • Mutsurni Irnai
  • Published 1994
This research concerns how children learn the distinction between substance names and ohjcct names. Quinc (1969) proposed that children learn the distinction through learning the syntactic distinctions inherent in countlmasc grammar. However. Soja et al. ( 1991) found that English-speaking 2-ycar-olds. who did not seem to have acquired countlmass grammar. distinguished objects from substances in a word extension task, suggesting a pre-lingut\tic ontological distinction. T o test whether the… CONTINUE READING
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